Kentucky Speedway, the Kentucky Office Highway Safety and Kentucky State Police are raising awareness for the national "Click it or Ticket" enforcement campaign by rewarding drivers using seatbelts with chances to win tickets to the June 12 NASCAR Nationwide Series "Meijer 300 presented by Ritz."

Law enforcement officers will be buckling down on drivers who are not buckled up through June 6. Drivers discovered to be properly buckled up during traffic stops or at enforcement checkpoints will be rewarded by the Kentucky State Police with vouchers that enable them to register to win pairs of race tickets. . "Kentucky undoubtedly experiences far too many fatalities that could have been avoided with the simple use of a seat belt," Acting Kentucky Secretary of Transportation Mike Hancock said. Kentucky State officials launched the "Battle of the Belt" in Frankfort, Ky., and helped their law enforcement colleagues in Ohio raise "Click It or Ticket" awareness by visiting Cincinnati's Fountain Square.

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety will extend its awareness and education campaign on June 11 by bringing fans NASCAR Nationwide Series "Click It or Ticket. Buckle-Up Kentucky Practice Night" at the speedway. The night will feature two NASCAR Nationwide Series practices sessions and U.S. Legends International Series competition on the speedway's paved quarter-mile track. Speedway gates will open at 4:00 p.m., Nationwide Series drivers will practice from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and U.S. Legends International Series races will begin at 8:30 p.m.

The "Click It or Ticket" initiative will continue June 12 when Kentucky Office of Highway Safety officials educate race fans on "Meijer 300 presented by Ritz" race day. Speedway gates will open at 2:00 p.m., Nationwide Series drivers will participate in an autograph session at 2:30 p.m., and qualify for the "Meijer 300 presented by Ritz" at 4:00 p.m. Classic country music group Sawyer Brown will perform at 6:00 p.m., and the green flag will wave for the 10th Nationwide Series race in speedway history featuring two-time race champ Joey Logano, Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski and more NASCAR favorites will wave at 8:00 p.m.

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety will return to the speedway September 4 when it delivers the Firestone Indy Lights "Drive Smart. Buckle-Up Kentucky 100." The race will spotlight top up-and-coming open-wheel drivers and precede the IZOD IndyCar Series "Kentucky Indy 300" battle that will feature Marco Andretti, defending race champion Ryan Briscoe, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Danica Patrick and more.

Race tickets, "Big Deals" ticket specials along with infield and reserved camp sites are available through the "Tickets" pages of this Web site, by phone at 888-652-7223 (RACE) and through Kentucky Speedway ticket offices in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., at 400 Buttermilk Pike, Suite 100 near the Montgomery Inn restaurant or the track Fan Center located off of Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 N in Sparta, Ky.

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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