Four lucky fans will receive a Rookie Experience from the Richard Petty Driving Experience after participating in a promotion created for the opening day of 2006 Kentucky Speedway single race ticket sales on Jan. 7.

Michael Burkhart, Larry Curtis, Melinda Fleckinger and Christopher James will drive eight laps around the 1.5-mile tri-oval at the speedway in a 600-horsepower, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series style car in the near future. Each became eligible to receive the experience by either mailing in an entry or reserving race tickets on the opening day.

Main events on the 2006 Kentucky Speedway schedule feature the ARCA RE/MAX Series, NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Indy Racing League IndyCar Series races. Support events will spotlight the new USAC Silver Crown Series, ARCA RE/MAX Series, USAC Ford Focus Midget Car Series and IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series.

Tickets are available online at, by phone at 888-652-RACE (7223) or in person at the speedway Ft. Mitchell, Ky., or Sparta, Ky., ticket offices. Tickets for support events will be $20 and main event tickets will range from $35 to $80 depending on event and seat location. Phone 888-652-RACE (7223) or visit the tickets pages of this Web site for more information. The speedway Ft. Mitchell office is located at the address listed above. The Sparta, Ky., office is located in the Fan Center just off of Interstate 71 and Ky. Hwy. 35 North. Season ticket plans range from $165 to $255 depending on seat location. Plans are packed with benefits such as preferred parking, pole event and pit pass vouchers, the option to purchase admission to our June, July and August Outback Steakhouse Tailgate Parties, discounts on the purchase of future event tickets and more. Fans can phone 859-578-2300 or visit the Tickets pages of this Web site for more information.

All season and main event tickets include great race day concerts. Cowboy Crush will perform in May, Lonestar will take the stage in June, The Charlie Daniels Band will visit in July and new sensation Hot Apple Pie will serve up the entertainment in August.

Visit the Schedule page of this site and click on Race Schedule for more information.

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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