The Richard Petty Driving Experience will award four lucky fans a Rookie Experience package on Saturday, Jan. 7 when 2006 Kentucky Speedway single-event race tickets go on sale at 9:00 a.m.

The Rookie Experience gives fans the chance to drive eight laps around the speedway 1.5-mile tri-oval in a 600-horsepower, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series style car.

No purchase is necessary to be eligible to receive the race package. Lucky names will be drawn from the list of those who purchase tickets online at www.kentuckyspeedway.com, by phone at 888-652-RACE (7223) or in person at the speedway Ft. Mitchell, Ky., or Sparta, Ky., ticket offices. Fans also can submit a postcard or letter entry by U.S. Mail to: Speed Celebration, Kentucky Speedway, 2216 Dixie Hwy., Ste. 200, Ft. Mitchell, Ky., 41017. Postcard and letter entries must be postmarked by Jan. 7 and must arrive complete with a name, address and contact phone number. Rookie experience recipients will be notified by Jan. 14.

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. Tickets for support events will be $20 and main event tickets will range from $35 to $80 depending on event and seat location.

Main events will feature 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 IndyPro Series. Season ticket plans are on sale now and 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.

All season and main event tickets include our 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. Don't forget about our great camping offers. Click on RV & Camping in the sub navigation bar on the Tickets page of our Web site to reserve your season pass to our reserve camping area and save $150 over our single event rates. Visit the Schedule page of this site and click on Race Schedule for more information.

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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