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Spotlight: Ky Speedway preparing for 2017 Quaker State 400; get free tickets from the NKyTribune

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NOTE: All the tickets have been given away. Thank You!

Kentucky Speedway’s signature triple header weekend is coming up July 6-8.

The weekend is highlighted by the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts, a key stop on NASCAR’s premier circuit schedule, which takes place Saturday, July 8. The Quaker State 400 will also be the last trip around the Kentucky Speedway oval for NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who has announced he will retire at the end of the racing season.

NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will make his last trip around the Kentucky Speedway oval at the Quaker State 400, on July 8 (NKyTribune file photo).

The Quaker State 400 is preceded by the Camping World Truck Series, which starts the weekend with the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 on Thursday, July 6, followed by the XFINITY Series Alsco 300 Friday, July 7.

With a resurfacing, Kentucky Speedway has lost the bumps and “character” that presented challenges for many drivers. The new surface, however, has challenges of its own, and NASCAR driver Kyle Busch has described a Kentucky Speedway race as trying to “get through each and every lap with a puckered butt.”

Racing is just part of a weekend filled with activities at Kentucky Speedway that includes Fan Zone activities and a pre-race concert by Sawyer Brown.

Below, Brent Cooper, interim president of the Northern Kentucky Chamber, features in the Chamber’s Spotlight, Mark Simendinger, general manager of the Kentucky Speedway, who talks about the big weekend.

Free tickets

If you’d like to have free tickets, compliments of the NKyTribune, for the Quaker State 400 on July 8, please email judy@nkytrib.com with your address. You must be signed up — or want to be signed up — for our daily e-newsletter to win the tickets which will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.

Special 80th birthday party for “The King” Richard Petty prior to Quaker State 400 

Kentucky Speedway will celebrate Richard Petty’s 80th Birthday at a once-in-a-lifetime VIP birthday party on July 8 before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts.

$180 Ticket and Hospitality Package includes:

  • Hospitality Includes:
      • Access to Hospitality Village Chalet
      • Food and Non-alcoholic Drink (alcohol available for purchase)

    • Driver and other Special Guest Appearances
    • Prize drawings throughout the day
    • Commemorative Giveaways for all attendees
    • Access to infield Kroger Fan Zone area
    • much more

Click here to purchase the package.

Already have tickets? Hospitality-only upgrades are available by calling 859-578-2300.

Kentucky Speedway Unveils New Corporate Luxury Suite, “The Paddock Club”

Guests of Kentucky Speedway will be treated to a new suite level hospitality experience when the new Paddock Club debuts for the July NASCAR race weekend. The club can accommodate up to 160 guests and overlooks Turn 4 and the Restart Zone.

The new luxury entertainment offering allows patrons of smaller party sizes to enjoy a first class suite experience.

“Kentucky Speedway’s suite clients have an unparalleled experience,” said Kentucky Speedway General Manager, Mark Simendinger. “The Paddock Club allows us to offer this experience for the first time to individuals and small groups. Including the outdoor viewing deck and reserved tower seating section will surely make this one of NASCAR’s most unique race experiences. This is just another step for us as we continue to evolve to meet the needs of our fans.”

The Paddock Club guests will have top quality food, inside/ outside seating and trackside view, private cash bar/ restroom access, and a fun club-like atmosphere.

Guests can purchase up to 10 passes to The Paddock Club.

For more information click here, or contact Scott Krinsky at 859-578-2318, skrinsky@kentuckyspeedway.com.

Sawyer Brown Pre-Race Concert

One of country music’s well-known bands, Sawyer Brown, will entertain race fans with a special performance prior to the July 8 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway.

The chart-topping entertainers will bring their high energy show and hit singles like “Some Girls Do,” “The Race Is On,” and “The Walk,” to their race day performance.

Sawyer Brown won the Academy of Country Music ACM Vocal Group of the Year for 1997. Over the years more than 50 singles have reached the top of the charts and three certified Gold albums. Other hits from the group are “All These Years,” “Thank God For You,” “Six Days on The Road,” “Step That Step,” “The Dirt Road,” “Drive Me Wild,” “This Missin’ You Heart of Mine,” “Betty Bein’ Bad,” and “The Boys and Me.”

Fans can enjoy stage-side and trackside views of the show by adding a daily Kroger Fan Zone pass to ticket orders.

Sawyer Brown has released 23 albums and earned Country Music Association’s CMA Horizon Award in 1985 and CMT’s Country Music Awards Video Group of the Year for 1993, 1994 & 1995.

Kroger Fan Zone Passes for July 8th include stage-side access for Sawyer Brown and much more

Fans looking for an enhanced experience can purchase Kroger Fan Zone passes, with special pricing for children.

Kroger Fan Zone Pass holders will enjoy:

  • An up-close, trackside view of driver introductions
  • Up-close views of the Sawyer Brown Kroger Pre-Race Concert (July 8 Only)
  • Access to the infield area surrounding Victory Lane
  • A view of inspection and garages on race days
  • A Fan Vision unit rental with Fan Zone purchase on Quaker State 400 day (July 8 Only)

For more information on Kroger Fan Zone passes, click here.

Free general admission for kids Thursday and Friday, $10 for Quaker State 400

Kentucky Speedway wants NASCAR’s next generation of fans to enjoy the races as well. Fans 12-and-under get in free for the the Camping World Truck Series  Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 on Thursday, July 6 and the XFINITY Series Alsco 300 on Friday. Tickets are just $10 for fans 12-and-under for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts on Saturday, July 8. Two free or reduced price tickets are available for children 12-and-under with every full-priced adult admission. Excludes premium seating.

The NASCAR tripleheader weekend anchored by the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts on Saturday, July 8. The Camping World Truck Series starts the weekend with the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 on Thursday, July 6 and the XFINITY Series Alsco 300 is Friday, July 7.

Click here for a calendar of race-week events, which begins with the opening of the campgrounds on July 4.

The General Tire Super Weekend returns in September when the XFINITY Series VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 is run on Saturday, Sept. 23 along with the ARCA Racing Series Crosley 150 on Friday, Sept. 22.

Tickets, Kroger Fan Zone passes and campsites are on sale here, by calling (859) 578-2300 or visiting the speedway ticket offices at 1 Speedway Dr., Sparta, KY., 41086, just off Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 N.

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