Kentucky Speedway's Military Appreciation hospitality program on the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart race weekend raised $10,275 for the USO of Central and Southern Ohio.

"The USO does great work and this is another way for us to show our gratitude to the service men and women who protect our freedom," said Kentucky Speedway General Manager, Mark Simendinger. 

"The USO of Central and Southern Ohio is very grateful for the support we have received throughout the past several years from Kentucky Speedway," said Executive Director for the USO of Central and Southern Ohio, Sherry Ems.

In addition to the cash donation, the first 500 hospitality tickets sold also paid for 500 military tickets which were donated in partnership with Coca-Cola Consolidated. 

"The donation of tickets to our military members for the race is often a 'once-in-a-lifetime' experience for our service members and their families. They are thankful for the opportunity to go to a race that they may not have been able to do otherwise," Ems added. 

The financial donation will go a long way in helping provide program and unit support for the local military in Northern Kentucky.

"The USO couldn't carry out our mission without the generosity of organizations such as Kentucky Speedway. We cannot thank the Speedway enough for all of the support they provide to the USO and to the troops," said Ems.

The 2019 season at Kentucky Speedway is highlighted by the return of the NASCAR tripleheader weekend in July anchored by the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart Saturday, July 13.  The Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts the weekend on Thursday, July 11 and the Xfinity Series Alsco 300 is Friday, July 12. 

Fans may renew or purchase tickets and camping by calling (859) 578-2300, by logging onto to the speedway's official website at  or by visiting the Kentucky Speedway ticket office at 1 Speedway Drive, Sparta, Ky., 41086 just off Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 North.