The University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) continues its long-standing partnership with Kentucky Speedway by becoming the official pole award sponsor on Friday, July 13.

"It is fitting for UNOH to move to such a high profile sponsorship during our big weekend," Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said. "Through our partnership, I have seen their tremendous growth and success. We are proud to help deliver the message of opportunity that UNOH provides students, both in and out of motorsports."

Located in Lima, Ohio, UNOH grants masters, bachelors, and associate degrees through its Colleges of Applied Technologies, Business, Occupational Professions, Health Professions, and Graduate College along with many online degree options. The College of Applied Technologies prepares students for careers in the motorsports and automotive industries through specialized automotive, high performance motorsports, diesel, agricultural equipment, and alternate fuels programs.  Other programs in the College of Applied Technologies include robotics & automation and HVAC/R.

"Everyone at the University of Northwestern Ohio urges students to excel in their field of study, to find a career field they are passionate about," said Dr. Jeffrey A. Jarvis, president of the University of Northwestern Ohio. "To that end, it only makes sense to pair our university name with the Pole Award at Kentucky Speedway, an achievement for an entire race team that hard work and perseverance pays off.  We are honored to continue our partnership with Kentucky Speedway and wish all of this year's teams the best of luck in the 2018 racing season."

The UNOH College of Applied Technologies has built a storied motorsports history through its involvement in the ARCA Racing Series, three NASCAR national touring series, and NHRA. In 1992, UNOH became the first university in the world to feature an accredited high performance motorsports degree program. More than 4,000 students are currently enrolled at UNOH from 40 states and 49 countries.  In its history, UNOH has educated students from all 50 states and 61 countries.

Fans may purchase season tickets and camping, July weekend packages or individual race tickets now by calling (859) 578-2300 or visiting the Kentucky Speedway ticket office at 1 Speedway Drive, Sparta, Ky., 41086 just off Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 North.

The 2018 season at Kentucky Speedway begins in July with the return of a NASCAR tripleheader weekend anchored by the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 on Saturday, July 14. The Camping World Truck Series Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 starts the weekend on Thursday, July 12 and the Xfinity Series Alsco 300 is Friday, July 13.



The University of Northwestern Ohio is an entrepreneurial, not-for-profit, university founded in 1920.  UNOH is located in Lima, Ohio, and the campus is situated on 200 acres.  There are five colleges within the university: College of Applied Technologies, College of Business, College of Health Professions, College of Occupational Professions, and the Graduate College.  The University is known worldwide as a leader in the Automotive, Diesel, and High Performance industries, but also offers degree programs in Business, Health, Marketing, Information Technology, Robotics, and many other fields of study.  The University of Northwestern Ohio also offers a variety of athletics including Men's & Women's Basketball, Tennis, Golf, Bowling, and Soccer, Women's Volleyball, Men's Baseball, Women's Softball, and six Co-Ed Motorsports teams.   For more information visit