Over his 29 year NASCAR® career, three time Winston Cup Champion, and Kentucky Speedway™ spokesman, Darrell Waltrip has thrilled many race fans. However, Tuesday Waltrip may have added a new chapter to his racing legacy. Ticket salesman! In a surprise visit to the Kentucky Speedway™ ticket office, Waltrip stepped right in to help out the speedway's ticket representatives.

"Charlotte, a speedway ticket agent, was talking to a customer and Darrell took the phone and just made this race fan's day!" said Mike Travis, Director of Ticket Operations.

"I was almost speechless," said Bruce Althouse from Hartford City, Indiana when he heard Waltrip's voice. " I've always liked "DW" and I'd like to see him go out with a bang. I was only going to buy for the ARCA® races; but, I called back and bought season tickets!"

Waltrip's stop at the ticket office was part of his whirlwind visit to the motorsports complex to get an update on the new, 1.5 mile, super speedway set to open in June. Construction of the new venue in Gallatin County is on schedule. The grand opening will be the weekend of June 16 & 17, 2000 featuring the NASCAR® Craftsman® Truck Series™, "The Kroger 225", and a NASCAR® All Pro® event. ARCA® and the Indy Northern Lights Racing Series round out the summer schedule. July 1st & 2nd the IRL will have an open test session and ARCA® runs "The Kentucky 150". "The Blue Grass Quality Meats 200" takes the track on August 26th followed on Sunday, August 27th, by "The Belterra Resort INDY 300" taking the green flag to complete the summer schedule.

Race fans can now purchase tickets for all three race weekends by calling 1 (888) 652-RACE or visiting the Kentucky Speedway™ Ticket Office at the Drawbridge Inn in Ft Mitchell, KY. "Tickets are selling at a steady pace. Fans are buying all three weekends," said Travis. "It's been a great early response."

The $152 million dollar Kentucky Speedway™, under development and co-owned by Jerry Carroll, will include 65,989 grandstand seats, 50 luxury suites, and a 210 seat, private, glass-enclosed Kentucky Club® during Phase I. Phase II, which will include dirt track and drag-strip racing facilities, can expand the 1.5 mile venue to 120,000 seats with 120 luxury suites on the 1,000 acre location 35 miles south of Cincinnati, OH in Northern Kentucky.

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