NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Drivers Brendan Gaughan ( No. 62 NAPA Chevrolet) and Steve Portenga (No. 39 Roto-Rooter Chevrolet) brought smiles to children's faces on July 11 during a "Caps For Kids" appearance at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Both drivers were in Cincinnati for Saturday's NASCAR "Kroger 225" at Kentucky Speedway. They appeared at the hospital in conjunction with the Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati's (ALGC) "Caps for Kids" program.

The ALGC has been delivering caps to children since 1998. ALGC members originally delivered hand-painted and decorated caps to the patients, but began including sports-related caps last year after a young patient requested a NASCAR race cap. Kentucky Speedway has since become a regular contributor to "Caps For Kids."

Kentucky Speedway's All-American Weekend kicks off Friday, July 12, at 4:30 p.m., with NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series qualifying on "The Cincinnati Enquirer and Post Pole Night." Qualifying will be followed by "Kroger 225" final practice at 7:15 p.m., and "The Blue Grass Quality Meats 200" at 9:00 p.m. The green flag drops for "The Kroger 225" at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday. Saturday's events include a pre-race concert by country music superstar Lee Greenwood, a special pre-race show honoring American heroes and a fireworks show.

  • 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.