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NASCAR Craftsman Truck And ARCA Re/Max Fields Set For "Kroger 225" And "Bluegrass Quality Meats 200" Great Weather Forecast Boosts Ticket Sales, Speedway Expects To Host 40,000 to 50,000 Fans For "Kroger 225" SPARTA, KY. - Kentucky ...

NASCAR Craftsman Truck And ARCA Re/Max Fields Set For "Kroger 225" And "Bluegrass Quality Meats 200"

Great Weather Forecast Boosts Ticket Sales, Speedway Expects To Host

40,000 to 50,000 Fans For "Kroger 225"

SPARTA, KY. - Kentucky Speedway's 1.5-mile tri-oval will play a pivotal role in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) and ARCA RE/MAX Series points standings this weekend as top drivers from both circuits vie for top prize money June 13-14.

"Ticket sales have taken off this week and we now expect between 40,000 and 50,000 fans for Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event," Kentucky Speedway Executive VP and GM Mark F. Cassis said. "The weather has a lot to do with our sales increases. Quite possibly, we could have the best weekend weather-wise we've had for an event since we opened last June."

Racing fans have the chance to witness the latest developments in two series points battles this weekend as just 49 points separate NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points leader Scott Riggs from second place Joe Ruttman and only 330 points separate ARCA RE/MAX leaders Frank Kimmel and Tim Steele.

NCTS points leader Scott Riggs, pilot of the No. 2 Team ASE Dodge enters the "Kroger 225" with two wins and nine top-five finishes in 12 starts this season. Forty-nine points behind is NASCAR veteran Joe Ruttman, pilot of the No. 18 DANA Corp. Dodge, who also owns two wins and six top five finishes this season. Ruttman leads third place driver and traditional NCTS Series power Jack Sprague by a scant 46 points. Sprague enters the race with a win, six top-five and seven top-10 finishes on the season.

All will compete for a combined $700,720 in combined prize money and the $75,335 winner's check in the Kroger 225 this Saturday. The green flag drops at 8:00 p.m. on July 14. "It's very competitive, the points are really tight right now," Cook said. "With one bad run you can go from third to seventh in one weekend or seventh to third in one weekend. It's exciting to have it that close."

Friday's "Blue Grass Quality Meats 200'" will feature the latest chapter in the long-standing battle between series combatants Kimmel in the No. 46 Advanced Auto Parts/Pork White Meat Ford and Steele in the No. 16 HS Die-Softech Ford. The field also features nine of the top 10 ARCA RE/MAX drivers, including local driver Willie Green of Walton, Ky. The field will be competing for $203,875 in posted prize, point and contingency money. Green flag racing begins at 9:00 p.m. on July 13.

Tickets still remain for "The Kroger 225," "The Bluegrass Quality Meats 200" and all other events this year at Kentucky Speedway. There are five ways to purchase seats:

By phone at 1-888-652-RACE
Via the internet at www.kentuckyspeedway.com
By mail at Kentucky Speedway, PO Box 176248, Covington, KY 41017-6248
In person at the track's main ticket gate or Turn 3 Fan Center, I-71 South to Exit 57, and at the Ft Mitchell Office, I-75/I-71 at Dixie Highway.
At all Tickets.com outlets in Meijer stores, Hader Hardware, Play It Again Sports and all AAA locations.

-KS-

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Series ARCA , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Jack Sprague , Scott Riggs , Joe Ruttman , Tim Steele , Willie Green