Two of the Biggest Names in the Tri State Sports Team at Kentucky Speedway
Cincinnati Bengals record-breaking running back Corey Dillon will team with another record breaker, the Kentucky Speedway, on June 16 when he serves as the Grand Marshal of the inaugural "Outback Steakhouse 300" NASCAR Busch Series Race.
Dillon, who last year set the all-time mark for the most yards in one NFL game, is by far the most prolific running back in Cincinnati Bengals history. In 2000, he earned his second consecutive trip to the NFL Pro Bowl by rushing for a club single season record 1,435 yards. Dillon set the record for the most yards in a single game by rushing for 278 yards against the Denver Broncos on October 22, 2000. His exceptional effort smashed Walter Payton's mark that had stood for a staggering 23 years. "To have Corey Dillon join us June 16 is such a honor for us," said Jerry Carroll, chairman and co-owner of Kentucky Speedway. "He has been one of the most successful athletes in the tri-state area for the last five years. I believe 10 years from now we will look back and truly appreciate the magnitude of his accomplishments. He doesn't have to run a yard next Saturday, just say, 'Gentlemen start your engines!'"
Dillon and the Bengals train at nearby Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky. Training camp opens July 20.
The "Outback Steakhouse 300" is anticipated to be one of the largest attended sporting events in tri-state history. A capacity crowd of more than 66,000 is expected. In addition to the "Outback Steakhouse 300," the day also will include an autograph session with Kerry Earnhardt, the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr.'s eldest son, who will drive the No 99 Aaron Rent "Dream Machine" in the race. Pre race festivities include a concert by country superstar Brad Paisley, a Darrell Waltrip statue and walkway dedication ceremony and an appearance by the Budweiser Clydesdales.
Tickets still remain for all events this year at Kentucky Speedway.