Riggs, Wallace Ready for "Meijer 300 presented by Ritz" Action
NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Kenny Wallace and Scott Riggs were hard at work in Florence, Ky., and Louisville, Ky., today helping eight lucky winners of Kentucky Speedway's Tailgate Speedstakes stock up on supplies for their June 12 "Meijer 300 presented by Ritz" race day festivities.
Two fans were paired with each driver at Meijer stores in both cities and shopped for $100 in tailgate supplies. Fans also received "Meijer 300 presented by Ritz" tickets, FanZone infield passes along with passes to meet country music group Sawyer Brown before its race day concert.
Wallace and Riggs each gave sage advice about tailgate products before scanning and bagging fan selections at the checkout stand.
"This is fun for us. We get to help these guys spend a hundred bucks. We're just like them, we're race fans ourselves. If this event weren't going on, I think it'd be common to see Kenny or I walking in here to get groceries for our campground," Riggs said.
The 39 year old will make his third NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Kentucky Speedway and first since 2000 in the No. 21 Zaxby's machine fielded by powerhouse Richard Childress Racing. He made his last Nationwide Series start at the track in 2002 and placed fourth after starting from the pole position. The Bahama, N.C., driver also scored a 2001 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at Kentucky Speedway after starting third.
This season, Riggs has appeared in four NASCAR Nationwide Series events in the No. 09 RAB Racing Ford and took his season-best 14th-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Feb. 27. He placed 28th in this season's Sprint Cup event at Phoenix International Raceway on April 10 in the No. 90 Keyed-Up Motorsports Chevrolet.
"It's great for me, a great opportunity. I have a relationship with the guys over at Richard Childress Racing and I knew they were coming up on this (stand-alone) race in Kentucky. I just kept begging them for the ride. I told them I want to try to race this car and put it in Victory Lane at Kentucky Speedway.
"We had the chance to use Kentucky as a Sprint Cup test track for several years, so I always said if we ever have the chance to race at Kentucky, we'll be awesome. Now, I have the chance to race here with a great car from RCR and Zaxby's. I know how to get to Victory Lane here and the track's layout - the humps, the bumps, the holes - everything about its characteristics.
"Every time we race at Kentucky we always think about the wide racetrack and racing groove. There's always a lot of room, high, low, middle and it's always a place you have to challenge yourself and push your car over the limit every single lap to make sure you get the most out of it.
"I'm going to be in a car that's capable of winning the race. I want to make sure I do a good job for RCR and myself," Riggs said.
Wallace will make his eighth Kentucky Speedway Nationwide Series start in the "Meijer 300 presented by Ritz." He earned his series track-best ninth-place finish in 2002 and has banked $159,147 after his Bluegrass State races. He started the week ranked 17th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings. He earned his season-best 11th-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway on April 25.
The 21-year NASCAR racing veteran will be gunning for his 10th career Nationwide Series victory in the No. 28 Jay Robinson Racing entry while soaking up a unique atmosphere.
"Kentucky is one of the biggest events on the Nationwide Series schedule in the manner that the Sprint Cup Series is off that night, so all motorsports eyes will be on Kentucky Speedway.
"When you come to Kentucky, you're also coming to Ohio, Indiana and the great surrounding states. Every time we come here, look in the grandstands and it's packed, it makes us feel like we're at a Sprint Cup race. It makes us feel special and big time. You'll have Carl Edwards here and some Sprint Cup drivers, so it's kind of our mini Daytona race," Wallace said.
Race tickets, Big Deals specials and camping for the June 11-12 "Meijer 300 presented by Ritz" weekend can be reserved through the "Tickets" page of this Web site, by phone at 888-652-7223 (RACE) or by visiting the Kentucky Speedway ticket offices in either Ft. Mitchell, Ky., at 400 Buttermilk Pike, Suite 100 near the Montgomery Inn restaurant or the track Fan Center located off of Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 N in Sparta, Ky. Tickets additionally are available through Meijer stores and tickets.com outlets.
The first of two 2010 Kentucky Speedway race weekends will open with Nationwide Series practice sessions on "Click it or Ticket. Buckle-Up Kentucky Practice Night" June 11. Speedway gates will open at 4:00 p.m., and practice sessions will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The night will conclude with grassroots racing when U.S. Legends International Series competition takes to the paved Kentucky Speedway quarter-mile oval for feature races beginning at 8:30 p.m. Speedway gates will close at 11:00 p.m.
Two-time "Meijer 300 presented by Ritz" winner and Joe Gibbs Racing young gun Joey Logano will defend his title against a stout field on NASCAR stars that will include Edwards and Brad Keselowski. Speedway gates will open at 2:00 p.m., "Meijer 300 presented by Ritz" qualifying will begin at 4:00 p.m., classic country music group Sawyer Brown will be in concert at 6:00 p.m., on the Turn 1 Concourse concert stage and the green flag will wave for the "Meijer 300 presented by Ritz" just after 8:00 p.m.
Story by Mike Schmaltz
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