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Kentucky Speedway adds standalone NASCAR Nationwide Series race for 2012

Brad Keselowski celebrates winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway on July 8.
Brad Keselowski celebrates winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway on July 8.

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As part of its 2012 schedule announced Friday, Kentucky Speedway will add a second 300-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series race in September.

That race will be held Sept. 22 as part of a Nationwide/Camping World Truck series weekend at the 1.5-mile track. That weekend was open on the 2011 schedule.

The track will also host the Feed the Children 300 on June 29 as part of its Sprint Cup/Nationwide/truck weekend.

"NASCAR's decision to award us a second Nationwide Series date is very gratifying and an important endorsement as we continue to develop Kentucky Speedway," track general manager Mark Simendinger said. "Already the nation's second most popular series by a wide margin, the Nationwide Series is poised to grow in popularity next season when drivers Austin Dillon and Danica Patrick begin their full-time quests for the championship. Our fans have always enthusiastically supported the series and I can't think of a better year to add a return date."

Fans visiting the speedway next season will be able to utilize a newly-acquired, 140-acre free parking field immediately east of the facility and a 42-foot wide pedestrian tunnel that will connect the new parking area to speedway tram stops. Patrons will access the new parking area from a widened state Highway 35 off of an expanded Interstate 71 Exit 57 ramp.

Current speedway season ticket holders and season campsite holders can renew their tickets and campsites or expand their orders beginning Friday, Oct. 21. Season ticket and camping plans will be offered to the public beginning Monday, Nov. 14.

Kentucky Speedway season ticket pricing will not increase in 2012. Season tickets will be offered on seven price levels starting at $169, allowing fans to enjoy all five NASCAR events at the track for as little as $34 a race. Season ticket pricing reflects a significant discount off individual event ticket prices and plans offer a variety of amenities such as the option to purchase with three interest-free installments.