BUSCH: Rusty Wallace to run Kentucky event

R. WALLACE JOINS KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY NASCAR BUSCH SERIES FIELD NASCAR stars, Country Music Artist Travis Tritt and NFL Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger To Headline "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" Weekend SPARTA, KY. -- Veteran NASCAR driver...

R. WALLACE JOINS KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY NASCAR BUSCH SERIES FIELD

NASCAR stars, Country Music Artist Travis Tritt and NFL Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger To Headline "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" Weekend

SPARTA, KY. -- Veteran NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace and his No. 64 Top Flite Golf car will swing into action with fellow NEXTEL Cup Series stars Michael Waltrip, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Kasey Kahne when the Busch Series takes the green flag for "The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" at Kentucky Speedway on June 18 at 8:00 p.m.

Wallace, 49, is bringing his 22-year NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career to a close this season. The 1989 Cup Series champion ranks eighth in all-time series wins with 55 and will make his 679th career start at Talladega Superspeedway on May 1. He has finished in the top 10 in the final series standings 16 times. He enters this week 10th in the series standings after earning one top-five and four top-10 finishes through nine races this season.

The full day of family entertainment will include a prerace concert with decorated country music artist Travis Tritt and an appearance by race grand marshal and Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the 2004 National Football League offensive rookie of the year.

"We're excited Rusty chose to include 'The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo' event in his farewell tour," Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis said. "Our race will feature the strongest stock car field in our six-year history. Add Travis Tritt in concert and Ben Roethlisberger to the mix and our fans are in for the entertainment experience of the summer in June."

The annual NASCAR Busch Series event has attracted an average sellout crowd of 70,829 through its four races at the 66,089-seat speedway and is on pace to be most attended sporting event in the tri-state area for the fifth consecutive year.

Biffle, Edwards, Kahne, Wallace and Waltrip will split time between Kentucky Speedway and the June 19 NEXTEL Cup Series event at Michigan International Speedway.

Biffle, Edwards and Kahne are driving full Busch and NEXTEL Cup Series schedules this season. Biffle, a three-time NASCAR Busch Series runner-up at Kentucky Speedway, begins the week third in the NEXTEL Cup Series standings and ninth in the Busch Series standings. Edwards, who earned his first NASCAR victory at Kentucky Speedway in 2003, starts the week with a 156-point lead over second-place driver Reed Sorenson in the Busch Series standings and ranks eighth in the NEXTEL Cup Series standings. Kahne, the 2004 NEXTEL Cup Series rookie of the year, enters this week ranked 20th in the NEXTEL Cup Series standings and 16th in the Busch Series standings. Waltrip, an Owensboro, Ky., native, is one of eight drivers to win two or more Daytona 500 races (2001, 2003). He currently ranks 18th in the NEXTEL Cup Series standings and 28th in the NASCAR Busch Series standings.

The second of five race weekends on the 2005 speedway schedule also includes the June 17 NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southeast Series "Insight Communications 150" race.

Kentucky Speedway will open its season on May 14 with the ARCA RE/MAX Series "Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati 150."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Greg Biffle , Kasey Kahne , Carl Edwards , Reed Sorenson