BUSCH: Kentucky Speedway pre-race notes, schedule

"FAB FIVE": "The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" field will feature five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers for the first time in Kentucky Speedway history. Greg Biffle (NBS Rank: Sixth 12 starts / NNCS Rank: Second ) will pilot the No.66 Duraflame...


"The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" field will feature five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers for the first time in Kentucky Speedway history. Greg Biffle (NBS Rank: Sixth 12 starts / NNCS Rank: Second ) will pilot the No.66 Duraflame Ford for BREWCO Motorsports in Central City, Ky., Roush Racing rookie Carl Edwards (NBS Rank: First / NNCS Rank: Ninth) will drive the No.60 Charter Communications Ford, Sterling Marlin (NBS Rank: 26th 10 starts / NNCS Rank: 23rd) will drive the No.40 Ferris Manufacturing Dodge for FitzBradshaw Racing, Rusty Wallace (NBS Rank: 68th One start / NNCS Rank: Seventh) will drive his self-owned No.64 Top-Flite Golf Dodge and Michael Waltrip (NBS Rank: 32nd Nine starts / NNCS Rank: 17th ) will drive his Michael Waltrip Racing No.99 Aaron's Rents Chevrolet.


Kentucky Speedway will attempt to sellout its NASCAR Busch Series event for the fifth consecutive year. The official speedway grandstand capacity is 66,089 and the current average crowd for the event is 70,829. The record crowd was 72,312 in 2004.


NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series driver Greg Biffle owns three second-place finishes in NASCAR Busch Series in the 2004, 2002 and 2001 events at Kentucky Speedway. He lost his closest and most dramatic Kentucky race in 2002 by .036 of a second when his car slid across the finish line behind the car of Todd Bodine. His other losses came by a combined average of 1.293 seconds. Biffle won the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in his first start at the facility in 2000.


2004: Eventual series runner-up Kyle Busch became the first driver in Kentucky Speedway history to earn back-to-back wins in different series when he snared "The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" title. He was forced to start last in the field after crashing during final practice session. Busch guided his No.5 Lowes Home Improvement Chevrolet past Greg Biffle and his No.60 Charter Communications Ford coming out of Turn Four on Lap 198 and held on to win by 1.274 seconds in front of a track-record crowd of 72,312. Biffle finished second for the third time in three Busch Series races at Kentucky Speedway. He finished second to Todd Bodine by .036 of a second in 2002 and was second to Kevin Harvick in 2001. Eventual series champion Martin Truex, Jr. , started from the pole following his track record 180.102 mph fast lap one day earlier. Truex, Jr. bettered the previous record held by Stacy Compton by 3.718 mph.

2003: "The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" and NASCAR Busch Series became the only event/series in speedway history to attract a sellout crowd for three consecutive seasons. A crowd of 69,366 saw Stacy Compton start from the pole after winning his first career series pole award with a series track record lap of 176.834 mph. Bobby Hamilton, Jr., became the speedway's third different NASCAR Busch Series race winner.

2002: Kentucky Speedway fans toppled their own Greater Cincinnati single-event attendance record set the previous year at the speedway when 71,299 were on hand for the start of the race on June 15. The race was suspended mid-way by torrential rains and completed on June 16. Eighteen thousand fans returned to witness the third-closest finish in speedway history when Todd Bodine beat out Greg Biffle by .036 of a second. Bodine's No.92 Excedrin Chevrolet and Biffle's No.60 Grainger Ford bumped and banged down the frontstretch of the final lap before Biffle's car was sent sliding sideways over the Finish Line.

2001: Series points leaders owned Kentucky Speedway races in front of 70,338 fans. Kevin Harvick won the inaugural NBS event in his No.2 AC Delco Chevrolet after leading 130 laps. He added an interesting footnote to his performance by boarding a plane to Pocono, Pa. following the race to compete in the NASCAR Winton Cup Series "Pocono 500" the next day. In the inaugural NASCAR Goody's Dash Series event at Kentucky, winner Robert Huffman engineered the second- closet finish in speedway history with by beating Cam Strader by .024 of a second in "The Kentucky 100."

WHAT:                 "The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo"

NASCAR Busch Series Weekend at Kentucky Speedway

WHEN: June 17-18, 2005

WHERE:                Kentucky Speedway

4760 Sparta Pike
Sparta, Ky.41086
Exits 55 and 57 off of Interstate 71.

<pre> JUNE 17 SCHEDULE: "Insight Communications 150" 7:00 a.m. NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southeast Series Garages Open Noon NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southeast Series Practice 5:00 p.m. Speedway Gates Open 5:00 p.m. NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southeast Series Qualifying 7:30 p.m. NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southeast Series Prerace Ceremony 8:00 p.m. NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southeast Series "Insight Communications 150" (150 miles / 100 laps) 11:00 p.m. Speedway Gates Close

JUNE 18 SCHEDULE: "The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" 8:00 a.m. NASCAR Busch Series Garages Open 10:00 a.m. Speedway Gates Open 10:00 a.m. NASCAR Busch Series Practice 1 11:30 a.m. NASCAR Busch Series Final Practice 1:30 p.m. Legends Series Racing Quarter-mile track 3:00 p.m. Travis Tritt Prerace Concert 5:00 p.m. NASCAR Busch Series Qualifying ( Two Laps, All Positions) 7:30 p.m. NASCAR Busch Series Prerace Ceremonies 8:00 p.m. "The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" (300 Miles / 200 Laps)

TICKETS: June 17: $20 All Locations June 18: $50, $60, $70, $80

Availability: - 888-652-RACE (7223) - www.kentuckyspeedway.com or www.Tickets.com - Tickets.com outlets including Meijer stores - Kentucky Speedway ticket offices

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Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Sterling Marlin , Stacy Compton , Cam Strader , Martin Truex Jr. , Carl Edwards , Robert Huffman , Kyle Busch
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing