Premier events return to Kentucky Speedway in 2009

SPARTA, Ky. – The NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and IndyCar Series will be in action on the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway tri-oval in 2009.

NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers will take center stage June 13 when they contest a 300-mile battle. A track record crowd of 73,195 witnessed the first series win by highly-touted Joe Gibbs Racing driver Joey Logano this past June. The 18-year-old rookie became the third straight competitor to claim his first series win at the track and the third straight NASCAR Nationwide Series regular to triumph in the Bluegrass State. Stephen Leicht and David Gilliland respectively accomplished the feat in 2007 and 2006.

Rough and ready NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers will make their 10th all-time Kentucky Speedway visit July 18 for the “Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers.” Veteran Johnny Benson became the ninth different series winner in track history by guiding his machine across the finish line 0.474 of a second in front of the truck driven by his Bill Davis Racing teammate Michael Annett last month. The margin was the third closest for a series event at the track.

Fans will witness rocket-like race speeds of more than 200 mph when the IndyCar Series celebrates its 10th Kentucky Speedway anniversary August 1. Scott Dixon visited Victory Lane at the track for the first time in his career just two short weeks ago. The New Zealander nipped Helio Castroneves at the line by 0.5532 of a second in the fourth-closest series finish in track history. Dixon will attempt to close out his second career series championship this Sunday at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.