The University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) will transfer its Kentucky Speedway NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race entitlement originally scheduled for October to July 7 to capitalize on promotional opportunities generated by racetrack's historic tripleheader weekend that features the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "Quaker State 400" on July 9.

The "UNOH 225" will set the stage for the loaded weekend of NASCAR action that also includes the July 8 Nationwide Series "Feed The Children 300."

Located in Lima, Ohio, UNOH grants master's, baccalaureate, and associate degrees through its Colleges of Technologies, Business, and Distance Learning. The College of Technologies prepares students for careers in the motorsports and automotive industry through specialized Automotive, High Performance Motorsports, Diesel, and Alternate Fuels programs.

The UNOH College of Technologies has built a storied racing history through its involvement in the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR national series, and events such as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour UNOH "Perfect Storm 150" contested at the Bristol Motor Speedway, in addition to the UNOH Southern Slam 150 held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"UNOH is very proud to add the 'UNOH 225' NASCAR Camping World Truck race to our list of sponsorships for 2011 and excited to be associated with Kentucky Speedway's high-profile July event weekend," Dr. Jeffrey A. Jarvis, President of the University of Northwestern Ohio said. "Our relationship with the SMI (Speedway Motorsports, Inc.) tracks we have worked with to date has been everything we could hope for and we have every confidence that our new relationship with Kentucky Speedway and its management team will continue to promote our institution and our curriculum in a positive manner. We are looking forward to a great weekend of racing at Kentucky in July."

UNOH will receive multiple promotional considerations under the undisclosed terms of the entitlement agreement.

"UNOH and its alumni embody the tough spirit of NCWTS competition. UNOH programs strengthen the motorsports industry core and we're pleased to be able to forward the university mission and help it attract new students during our historic season-opening weekend," Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said.

Tickets for each Kentucky Speedway NASCAR tripleheader event, Fan Zone passes and "Quaker State 400" race day Pit Road Club hospitality tickets can be reserved by clicking TICKETS, by phone at 888-652-7223 or by visiting the speedway corporate offices at 1 Speedway Drive in Sparta, Ky., 41086.

More About UNOH: Founded in 1920, UNOH has taught students all 50 states and 16 foreign countries. It currently enrolls more than 4,500 students from 36 states and 6 foreign countries. UNOH offers more than 60 different programs of study including master's, baccalaureate, associate, and diploma programs.

The university is situated on a more than 200-acre campus and is in the midst of a 10-year expansion plan that includes new apartment-style dormitories, two new academic buildings housing Health and IT classrooms, a new library, student learning center, and food services. UNOH offers a variety of athletics such as men's and women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf, women's volleyball, men's and women's bowling, men's baseball and five co-ed motorsports teams.

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Story by Mike Schmaltz

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