Kentucky Speedway will spice up its 2006 race weekends with performances from popular artists Cowboy Crush, Lonestar, the Charlie Daniels Band and Hot Apple Pie.

Concerts will be held on the Turn 1 concourse and are free with the purchase of a race ticket.

"We're pleased to be able to add value to event tickets with another entertaining concert line-up," Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis said. "Our Nashville agent has worked hard to secure this line-up and continues to pursue stand-alone concerts similar to the successful Tim McGraw event we brought to our venue last season."

Cowboy Crush will visit the speedway Saturday, May 13 to set the stage for "The Kentucky 150" ARCA RE/MAX Series race. The quintet showcases the talents of lead vocalist Trenna Barnes, Renae Truex on fiddle and mandolin, keyboardist Becky Priest, Debbie Johnson on bass and drummer Darla Perlozzi. The group, which has yet to release its debut album, features fan favorites "Nobody Ever Died of a Broken Heart," "I Am Pretty" and "He's Coming Home" on its current national tour. The graduates of Nashville's famous Belmont University already have made a name for themselves on the Country Music Television (CMT) series "The 20 Greatest Cowboy Songs." Multi-platinum-selling group Lonestar will add to the star power of the speedway's largest race event of the summer on June 17 by warming up the sellout crowd expected for the NASCAR Busch Series "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo." The Texas-based quartet has charted 10 No. 1 singles and has earned Vocal Group of the Year honors from the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music. The group released its latest album, "Coming Home," in September 2005 and began climbing the charts with the hit single "You're Like Coming Home." In addition to five new songs from their most recent collection, lead singer Richie McDonald, keyboardist Dean Sams, guitarist Michael Britt and drummer Keech Rainwater also will perform well-known hits such as "Mr. Mom," "My Front Porch Looking In," "I'm Already There," "Walking In Memphis," "No News" and "Amazed."

Music legend Charlie Daniels and his traveling band will visit the speedway on July 8 to entertain fans with a "Salute to America" before the green flag falls for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers." Daniels continues a career which began in 1959 and has generated well-known hits such as "Long Haired Country Boy," "The South's Gonna Do It," "Uneasy Rider," "The Devil Went Down To Georgia," "Still In Saigon," "In America" and more.

New sensation Hot Apple Pie will serve up its brand of country music following the August 13 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series 300-mile race. The group displays the vocal and instrumental talents of Fairfield, Ohio native Brady Seals, formerly of Little Texas, guitarist Mark Matejka, bassist and guitarist Keith Horne and percussionist Trey Landry. Hot Apple Pie released its self-titled debut album in June 2005 and scored its first hit with the song "Hillbillies." The group is currently working its way up the charts with its second single, "We're Makin' Up."

Kentucky Speedway season ticket plans are on sale now. Plans range from $165 to $255 depending on seat locations and include valuable benefits such as cold pit and pole event vouchers, renewable seat locations, preferred parking passes that can be exchanged for free camping, a discount on the purchase of additional feature race tickets, the option to purchase admission to three Outback Steakhouse tailgate parties and more. Fans can purchase a new plan or renew an existing plan on line at www.kentuckyspeedway.com or by phone at 859-578-2300.

Tickets for individual races go on sale Saturday, January 7. Visit www.kentuckyspeedway.com for the complete 2006 race schedule and ticket information.

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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