Kentucky Speedway and the Nabisco Biscuit Division of Kraft Foods announce today that NASCAR Winston Cup Driver Kevin Harvick will serve as grand marshal for the NASCAR Busch Series "Kroger 300 Presented by Oreo" on June 15.

Harvick is Kentucky Speedway's defending NASCAR Busch Series event champion after winning the inaugural event in front of a record-setting, standing-room-only crowd of 70,338 in 2001. Harvick led 131 of the 200 laps in the No. 2 AC Delco Chevrolet to take the win over the second-place Greg Biffle by 1.311 seconds. Harvick went on to win the 2001 series points title with five wins, 20 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes, all while driving a full NASCAR Winston Cup No. 29 Goodwrench Plus Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. Harvick is driving on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit full time in 2002.

"Our NASCAR Busch Series event continues to get bigger and bigger," Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis said."It's fantastic news for us that Kevin is taking time from his Winston Cup duties to serve as grand marshal of 'The Kroger 300 Presented by Oreo." I know our fans will enjoy seeing him, and his appearance will add yet another exciting element to an already great day. Kevin's presence will help us ensure another sellout, standing-room-only crowd at Kentucky Speedway in June."

Introduced in 1912, Oreo is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2002. The top-selling cookie in the world, Oreo, is the flagship brand in the Nabisco cookie and cracker portfolio. The Nabisco brands have been affiliated with NASCAR since 1998, beginning as a sponsor of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI). Today, "Team Nabisco" encompasses sponsorship of DEI and its drivers - Earnhardt, Jr., Steve Park and Michael Waltrip - Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and "Kroger 300 Presented by Oreo" Grand Marshal Kevin Harvick, Penske Racing and Rusty Wallace, as well as the distinction as the "Preferred Cookie, Cracker and Snack Nut of NASCAR" and "Official Cookie and Snack Cracker" of Kentucky Speedway. The NASCAR Busch Series partnership will be the first race sponsorship for Nabisco brands.

Kentucky Speedway's 2002 season continues with the Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15. Friday evening features NASCAR Busch Series qualifying on "Lexington Herald-Leader Pole Night" at 7:00 p.m., and the NASCAR Hills Bros. All Pro Series "Kentucky 150" race at 8:00 p.m. Saturday features a day of family entertainment that includes "The Kroger 300 Presented by Oreo" at 8:00 p.m. and the NASCAR Goody's Dash "700 WLW 100" at 11:00 p.m. Tickets for all 2002 events are available in five easy ways:

  • By phone at 1-888-652-RACE
  • On the World Wide Web at www.kentuckyspeedway.com
  • In person at either the speedway's Ft. Mitchell ticket office or at the Kentucky Speedway Fan Center off Ky. Hwy. 35 in Sparta, Ky.
  • At Tickets.com and all Tickets.com retail outlets located in Greater Cincinnati area Meijer Hader Hardware and Play-It-Again Sports stores.
  • In person at all Greater Cincinnati AAA locations.