Racing legacy Steve Wallace was one of 15 ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers visiting Kentucky Speedway today to prepare for the May 13 "Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati 150."

The fifth race on the ARCA RE/MAX Series docket will mark the sixth time the series will officially open a Kentucky Speedway season.

Wallace took time out of his busy practice schedule to meet local media and preview his second of seven scheduled ARCA RE/MAX Series starts this season.

The 18-year-old driver said he will use today's valuable track time and next Saturday's superspeedway race experience to prepare for his planned ascension to NASCAR Busch Series competition later this year and next season.

Wallace is scheduled to compete in 14 NASCAR Busch Series events this season including the June 17 "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" at Kentucky Speedway.

"There are a bunch of short track starter series, but there's no superspeedway starter series," he said. "The ARCA RE/MAX cars are the same as NASCAR, the motors are the same and the tires are about 90 percent there. This is an awesome, incredible starter series for young drivers to cut their teeth on larger tracks."

He added the top NASCAR teams also recognize the value of grooming up-and-coming talent in the series and the presence of those big-team entries will make for an exciting "Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati 150."

"The ARCA competition level is not as high as it would be in the Busch Series where 43 teams have a chance to win the race every week, but it has gone way up. You have Yates, Penske, Roush, Evernham and Rusty Wallace, Inc., in the series now, so there are some big teams."

Representatives of those teams will take the "Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati 150" green flag along with ARCA RE/MAX Series regulars such as four-time Kentucky Speedway race winner Frank Kimmel at 3:00 p.m., next Saturday.

Speedway gates will open at 9:00 a.m., with ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series practice. ARCA RE/MAX Series qualifying will follow 9:45 a.m., and the truck series will return to the paved quarter-mile track for the "Kentucky 100" race at 1:30 p.m.

Opening day also includes a noon concert with female country music quintet Cowboy Crush. CBS Televison "Amazing Race" winner the Linz Family of Cincinnati will serve as the race grand marshal.

All event tickets are $35. Tickets can be reserved online at www.kentuckyspeedway.com and Tickets.com or by phone at 888-652-RACE. Fans also can purchase tickets in person at Meijer stores, the Kentucky Speedway Ft. Mitchell, Ky., ticket office at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Ste. 200, or in the speedway Fan Center located off of Interstate 71 Exit 57 in Sparta, Ky.

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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