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NATIONWIDE INSURANCE DRIVING WHILE DISTRACTED PROGRAM TO VISIT FLORENCE, KY., MEIJER STORE JUNE 12 Nationwide Insurance will bring its "Driving While Distracted" program to the Meijer store at 4990 Houston Rd., in Florence, Ky., on June 12...

NATIONWIDE INSURANCE DRIVING WHILE DISTRACTED PROGRAM TO VISIT FLORENCE, KY., MEIJER STORE JUNE 12

Nationwide Insurance will bring its "Driving While Distracted" program to the Meijer store at 4990 Houston Rd., in Florence, Ky., on June 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The teen-targeted program illustrates the complications created when drivers attempt to multi-task while operating their vehicle through the use of simulators and other educational tools. NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Eric McClure and Brad Keselowski will be guest driving instructors and sign autographs during the event. The program will begin at 5:00 p.m., and drivers will greet fans from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Fans will be able to enjoy Wii gaming, a Hewlett Packard photo creation station, shopping through the Meijer Virtual Playground along with culinary delights from the John Morrell Grilling Van beginning at 2:00 p.m. Activities conclude at 8:00 p.m. All activities are open to the public.

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES DRIVERS KENNY WALLACE AND SCOTT WIMMER TO VISIT CINCINNATI'S FOUNTAIN SQUARE JUNE 13

NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Kenny Wallace and Scott Wimmer will greet fans on Cincinnati's Fountain Square Friday, June 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., during Kentucky Speedway's "Pit Stop on the Square." The event will feature music, Meijer soda, Johnsonville brats on Sara Lee buns, Oreos, Edy's Grand Ice Cream Dibbs and a chance to win tickets to the June 14 "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo." Square visitors also will be able to see Wallace's U.S. Border Patrol racecar and interact with Kentucky Speedway's Horsepower mascot and Big Green mascot from the U.S. Border Patrol. Wallace and Wimmer will be part of the 43-car field that also will include NASCAR Nationwide Series standings leader and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Clint Bowyer along with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings leader Kyle Busch and two-time Kentucky Speedway race winner and defending Nationwide Series Champion Carl Edwards.

KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY NEARS EIGHTH CONSECUTIVE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES SELLOUT

Limited tickets remain for the June 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo." The series is on track to attract an eighth consecutive capacity crowd at Kentucky Speedway. The official track grandstand capacity is 66,089 and the seven-year event average attendance is 70,952. The second of five 2008 event weekends opens Friday, June 13 with Nationwide Series practice sessions beginning at 5:00 p.m. Fans will receive free infield access until practice ends at 8:00 p.m. Gates open at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 14. NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers hit the track for qualifying at 5:10 p.m., rock group Smash Mouth will be in concert at 6:30 p.m., on the Turn 1 Concourse and "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" Honorary Starter and Univ. of Louisville Basketball Coach Rick Pitino will send 43 cars racing at 8:30 p.m. The speedway will team with the U.S. Border Patrol to provide fans small American flags in honor of Flag Day and Nick Lachey's Team Cincinnati Choir will sing the national anthem. The "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" is scheduled to feature current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings leader Kyle Busch, defending Nationwide Series Champion Carl Edwards, current NASCAR Nationwide Series standings leader Clint Bowyer, David Ragan and David Reutimann. NASCAR Nationwide Series regulars Stephen Leicht and David Gilliland earned respective upset victories in 2007 and 2006. Remaining tickets can be reserved by phone at 888-652-RACE (7223), online through http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com, through Meijer stores or by visiting a Kentucky Speedway ticket office at 400 Buttermilk Pike, Suite 100, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., next to the Montgomery Inn or our Sparta, Ky., Fan Center.

BOWYER ROLLS TO THE "MEIJER 300 PRESENTED BY OREO" WITH THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD

Richard Childress Racer Clint Bowyer will enter the June 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" with a 166-point lead in the championship standings over Michael Waltrip Racing driver David Reutimann. Bowyer will ride a string of five straight top-10 finishes to a track where he generated a third-place finish in 2005, a 10th-place finish in 2004 and a 12th-place finish in 2006. He is coming off a fourth-place finish at Nashville Superspeedway June 7 that marked his second top-five finish in his past four races. He owns one win, six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes through 15 starts this season. JR Motorsports driver Brad Keselowski earned his first career win at Nashville by 1.980 seconds over Rusty Wallace, Inc., driver David Stremme. Reutimann grabbed third place and Roush Fenway Racing competitor David Ragan completed the race top five. Keselowski held on the fifth spot in the series standings for the third straight week following his third straight top-10 finish and second top-five performance in his past three races. Stremme picked up two spots in the series standings with his second straight top-three finish that marked his third top-five and sixth top-10 showing in the past seven races. He will enter the "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" eighth in the championship standings. Reutimann collected his second third-place finish and third top-five finish in his past four starts. He moved from fourth to second in the series standings. Ragan delivered his second top-five and third top-10 finish in his past five races and maintained the seventh spot in the standings. The "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" is slated to begin at 8:30 p.m. ESPN2 will air the scheduled final practice from Kentucky Speedway beginning at 7:00 p.m., June 13 and will pick up coverage of qualifying on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. Race coverage begins at 8:00 p.m., on ESPN2 and also will be available on Motor Racing Network (MRN) radio and Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 128. Stephen Leicht won the 2007 event at the track that Regan Smith started from the pole position. The top 10 drivers in the series standings entering the race are: Bowyer (Leader: 2,198 points, Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing); Reutimann (Second: -166, Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing); Kyle Busch (Third: -188, Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing / Braun Racing); Carl Edwards (Fourth: -190, Ford, Roush Fenway Racing); Brad Keselowski (Fifth: -192, Chevrolet, Jr. Motorsports); ); Mike Bliss (Sixth: -299, Chevrolet, Phoenix Racing); David Ragan (Seventh: -303, Ford, Roush Fenway Racing); David Stremme (Eighth: -409, Chevrolet, Rusty Wallace, Inc.); Mike Wallace (Ninth: -419 points, Toyota, Germain Racing) and Jason Leffler (10th: -479, Toyota, Braun Racing).

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