SPARTA, KY - NASCAR Winston Cup Driver's Ricky Craven and Andy Houston began a two-day test at Kentucky Speedway" on Tuesday. The #32 Tide Ford and the #96 McDonald's Ford worked on chassis and aerodynamic set-ups.
It was Craven's first trip to the $152 million super speedway, which is situated just outside of Cincinnati, OH, the home base of his primary sponsor Procter and Gamble. "I had heard a lot about the track and how good it was to run on, but I had no idea just how nice it was until I pulled in, " said Craven. "It is definitely a fast track. I would love to have the Winston Cup dates include Kentucky!"
Houston drove in the inaugural "Kroger 225" NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race June 17, 2000 at Kentucky, finishing ninth. Houston said Tuesday, "I like the track a lot. Not only is it like Las Vegas, but it's also a very fast track and that makes for a great place to test different set ups for other super speedways."
PPI Motorsports test at Kentucky Speedway" continues on Wednesday. Also testing is Evernham Motorsports with the #19 Dodge Car, driven by Casey Atwood.
Kentucky Speedway hosts four exciting race weekends in 2001 starting in May. The NASCAR Busch Series; the nations second richest and most popular stock car racing series, debuts in Kentucky on June 16th. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, ARCA, and the NASCAR All-Pro Series will return for the 2001 season. In 2000, Kentucky Speedway drew national attention when all three series had their largest stand-alone crowds of the season. Plus, on the Indy Racing Northern Light Series, only the famed Indianapolis 500 outdrew Kentucky.