KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY’S NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE SATURDAY JUNE 14 – The “Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo”
Will Kentucky Speedway get a Cup Race? When? How will they get it? Will the new owner move a race from another track? Those questions were heard over and over following the sale of the track to Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) earlier this year. No need to wait for those answers! Get on the phone now for your ticket to NASCAR racing this Saturday at Kentucky Speedway. No, it isn’t SPRINT Cup. But it is the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Performance differences between the two series are small and closing fast.
The Nationwide Series 2008 Official Driver Standings lists twenty-eight SPRINT Cup drivers who have competed in the Nationwide series so far this year. They fill the top four and six of the top ten positions in Nationwide season point standings. The top four are Clint Bowyer, David Reutimann, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards. David Ragan is seventh and Jason Leffler tenth.
These Sprint Cup regulars are on the list to compete at Kentucky Speedway this weekend: Clint Bowyer (Richard Childress Racing), David Ragan (Roush Fenway Racing), Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing), Carl Edwards (Roush Fenway Racing), and David Reutimann (Michael Waltrip Racing). Add to this talent several veterans and some outstanding young drivers.
One driver to watch is Brad Coleman in the Nashville based Baker Curb Racing #27 Cottonelle Ford. Coleman has finished no lower than second in three races at Kentucky Speedway. He almost won the Kentucky Nationwide race last year, finishing a close second in just his fourth Nationwide Series race. “We were well out front and had the race won when two yellows came out near the end,” stated Coleman. “Stephen’s (Leicht) car was better on the short runs and he was able to pass me at the end for the win. I have wanted to return to Kentucky ever since that checkered flag fell.” Coleman also got his first ARCA win at Kentucky Speedway in 2006 with Shawn Parker, his current crew chief. Visit this website for more on Coleman: http://www.bradcoleman.us/dev
After being close in earlier races, Michigan’s Brad Keselowski got the win at Nashville last week. He and older brother Brian are on the entry list. Their father Bob is a former ARCA champion.
The NASCAR media website provides the following list of Kentucky natives in the NASCAR Nationwide Series: Rob Tracy (Frankfort) – No. 32 mechanic; Patrick McGarey (Prestonsburg) – No. 32 transport driver; David Colognesi (Owensboro) – No. 27 front tire carrier; Buddy Jarvis (Central City) – No. 27 rear tire carrier; David Green (Owensboro) – No. 5 spotter; Bryan Horseman (Louisville) – No. 27 pit support.
On Friday the 13th fans will have free access to the garage area until practice concludes at 8:00pm. On the Saturday schedule you’ll see the 6:30 pm prerace concert by rockers Smash Mouth and appearances by University of Louisville Basketball Coach Rick Pitino, who is the race honorary starter. Also making appearances are basketball coaching legends Joe B. Hall (UK) and Denny Crum (UofL). Hall and Crum, along with Dave Jennings, present the popular call-in radio show “The Joe B. and Denny Show.”
Kentucky Speedway supplied this ticket information:
Remaining tickets can be reserved online at www.kentuckyspeedway.com, by phone at 888-652-RACE (7223), through Meijer stores and by visiting Kentucky Speedway ticket offices located at 400 Buttermilk Pike, Suite 100, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., next to the Montgomery Inn Restaurant or Sparta, Ky., Fan Center located off of Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 North
Ron Singleton, LuvRacin.com, email@example.com