Prominent NASCAR Winston Cup driver Kenny Wallace is expected to join circuit-mate Kevin Harvick in a strong 43-car field competing for the $1.15 million NASCAR Busch Series "Outback Steakhouse 300" purse on June 16 at Kentucky Speedway.

"This announcement adds to the excitement of this event even more," Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis said. "We knew that a million dollar plus purse would attract a strong field, and to have Winston Cup regulars in our race really adds a nice bonus for the fans.

"We anticipate a sell out and expect nearly 70,000 people for the 'Outback Steakhouse 300,' which, once again, displays the strong support we have for NASCAR at Kentucky Speedway and in this marketplace," he added.

Harvick enters the race as the series points leader. In 15 NASCAR Busch Series starts this season, he earned a win at Texas Motor Speedway and owns a total of eight top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in 2001.

Wallace enters the week 41st in NASCAR Winston Cup points and 12th in NASCAR Busch Series points. Wallace has driven to four top-five and seven top-10 Busch Series finishes in 15 starts this season.

The "Outback Steakhouse 300" field also will feature defending NASCAR Busch Series Champion Jeff Green, two-time 2001 winner Greg Biffle, former series champions Randy LaJoie and David Green, NASCAR racing veterans Ted Musgrave and Geoffrey Bodine as well as notables Larry Foyt, Ricky Hendrick, Joe Ruttman and Kerry Earnhardt.

"The Outback Steakhouse 300" is the 16th event of the 33-race Busch Series season and an important circuit stop as Harvick enters the race leading Jeff Green by 71 points and Biffle by 107 points in the series championship race. Kentucky Speedway's purse is believed to be one of the top three on the NASCAR Busch Series circuit this season and the champion will earn $82,000.

Kentucky Speedway is nestled in Northern Kentucky off I-71 north of Louisville and southwest of Greater Cincinnati. Fans can see the entire racetrack from the 66,089 seats.

Tickets still remain for all events this year at Kentucky Speedway.