Single-Event Tickets on Sale Jan. 7
Kentucky Speedway will place single-race and Fanfest tickets for its six-weekend 2008 season on sale Monday, Jan. 7 at 9:00 a.m. The 66,098-seat facility's season begins May 10 and concludes Sept. 20. Event tickets will range from $20 to $80 depending on event and seat location.
Single-event tickets can be reserved online through the "Tickets" pages of www.kentuckyspeedway.com, at speedway ticket offices located at 400 Buttermilk Pike, Suite 100, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., near Montgomery Inn and the Sparta, Ky., Fan Center located off of I-71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 N, by phone at 888-652-RACE (7223) and through Meijer stores.
Season ticket plans for the venue's ninth season are on sale now and range from $165 to $255. Plans can be reserved online through the tickets pages of this Web site, by dialing 859-578-2300 and pressing "2," or through both track ticket offices.
Plans are loaded with special benefits such as a VIP Rewards program membership that will help fans earn points toward a discount off their 2009 plan renewal by simply making speedway purchases, VIP Parking, reserved seats for each feature event, cold pit and Fanfest passes, the option to purchase admission to June 14, July 12 and August 9 Outback Steakhouse tailgate parties for a combined total of $60 as well as the option to purchase additional event tickets at a discount. The Outback Steakhouse Tailgate tent will be located in the infield. Party goers will enjoy Outback Steakhouse fare, games and music along with visits by event celebrities throughout the season.
Kentucky Speedway will entertain guests with 10 events that will include high-impact visits from the NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, IndyCar Series, Indy Pro Series, ARCA RE/MAX Series, street stock and bigger-than-life Major League of Monster Trucks.
The ARCA RE/MAX Series will open the season May 10 with the "Drive Smart Buckle-Up Kentucky 150." That race will be followed by grassroots street stock racing May 24 during the "Frank Kimmel Enduro Nationals II Presented by Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati and Thoroughbred Harley-Davidson of Florence, Ky." Last season, Roush Racing product Erik Darnell scored his first ARCA RE/MAX Series Kentucky Speedway win and more than 150 cars registered for the 150-mile endurance event that featured a 69-car starting grid. Chuck Barnes, Sr., of Louisville, Ky., emerged from the fray with a $10,000 Frank Kimmel Enduro Nationals grand prize.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Day will give fans a preview of the weekend's main event with free cold pit access and on-track practice sessions June 13 before the track takes aim at attracting its eighth consecutive capacity crowd for the June 14 "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo." NASCAR's top developmental series has entertained an average crowd of 70,962 during its seven previous Kentucky visits and has crowned first-time series victors the past two seasons.
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will occupy the speedway spotlight July 11-12 when it displays its full-contact brand of racing during the "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers." The ARCA RE/MAX Series will open the third event weekend with a 150-mile battle. Veteran Mike Skinner took the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Kentucky title and 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year Michael McDowell nailed down a July 150-mile race win.
Fans will be treated to precision passing and race speeds of more than 200 mph Aug. 8-9 when IndyCar and Indy Pro Series competitors scorch the speedway 1.5-mile paved tri-oval during the "Meijer Indy 300" and "Kentucky Indy Pro 100." The IndyCar Series will appear at night for the second time in track history. Andretti Green Racing driver Tony Kanaan delivered his first Kentucky Speedway IndyCar Series win in 2006 and Hideki Mutoh blazed a path to Victory Lane in the 100-mile Indy Pro Series event. The weekend will get kick started with the second Fanfest event of the season.
The 2008 campaign will come to a thunderous close Sept. 20 when Bigfoot and its fellow Major League of Monster Trucks competitors race side-by-side at more than 70 mph on a winding, obstacle-filled, custom-designed dirt track that will span the infield near the frontstretch. The event also will include earth-scattering freestyle monster truck and motocross competitions.
The speedway will once again add value to its entertainment experience by presenting a concert prior to each feature event. The artist line-up for the new season will be announced in the coming weeks.
The full 2008 schedule and single-event ticket prices follow. Event times are pending.
May 10 ARCA RE/MAX Series "Drive Smart Buckle-Up Kentucky 150" 2007 Winner: Erik Darnell (Roush Racing) All tickets $35
May 24 "Frank Kimmel Enduro Nationals II Presented by Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati and Thoroughbred Harley-Davidson of Florence, Ky." 2007 Winner: Chuck Barnes, Sr. (Louisville, Ky.) All tickets are general admission and $20
June 13 NASCAR Nationwide Series Day (Free cold pit access and series practice) All tickets general admission and $20.
June 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series "Meijer 300" 2007 Winner: Stephen Leicht (Robert Yates Racing) Tickets: $50, $60, $70 and $80
July 11 ARCA RE/MAX Series "Kentucky 150" 2007 Winner: Michael McDowell (Eddie Sharp Racing) All tickets General Admission and $20
July 12 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" 2007 Winner: Mike Skinner (Bill Davis Racing) Tickets: $40, $50, $60 and $70
August 8 IndyCar and Indy Pro Series Fanfest (Garage-area autograph session and series practice). All tickets general admission and $20
August 9 IndyCar Series "Meijer Indy 300" 2007 Winner: Tony Kanaan (Andretti Green Racing)
Indy Pro Series "Kentucky Indy Pro 100" 2007 Winner: Hideki Mutoh (Super Aguri Panther Racing) Ticket includes two races: $40, $50, $60 and $70
Sept. 20 Major League of Monster Trucks (MLMT) 2007 Winner: Mark Hall and Raminator General admission: $25, Bluegrass Club reserved: $30
Story by Mike Schmaltz
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