Kansas Speedway Year in Review Highlights


During 2006 at Kansas Speedway, fans saw many great highlights on the track.

Who can forget Tony Stewart leading the final lap over Casey Mears only to run out of fuel? Mears, it seemed, would finally win his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race, only to run out of fuel while chasing down Stewart. Stewart coasted over the finish line to grab the checkered flag.

Or how about Kevin Harvick's domination of the NASCAR Busch Series in 2006? Harvick was well on his way to his second NASCAR Busch Series championship when he won here.

Or Sam Hornish Jr. celebrating his birthday in victory lane? Hornish went on to win his third IndyCar Series title becoming the first driver to win three championships.

There was also Terry Cook finally breaking his 94-race winless streak in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Cook went down a lap early and was able to rebound for the win. And Frank Kimmel continued his success in the ARCA Re/Max Series with his win at Kansas and going on to win an unprecedented eighth ARCA title. Aaron Pierce captured the USAC checkered flag, while Bud Kaeding took home the USAC championship.

In addition to these exciting moments, Kansas Speedway was involved in other memorable moments throughout 2006.

"Kansas Speedway Night" was held in January at the Omaha Aksarben Knights hockey game with Victor E. Lane and Kansas Speedway staff. (Kansas Speedway night will again be held at a Knights game in January 2007)

In April, the Westside Church Easter Egg Hunt was held at Kansas Speedway. Easter eggs were "hidden" throughout the front stretch grass.

In May, International Speedway Corporation's President Lesa Kennedy spoke to the KC Marketing Association and donated $20,000 to local charities.

Kansas Speedway also hosted Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 parties in 2006.

A Talladega nights screening was held at AMC theaters in Overland Park, Kan., and at Screenland Granada in Kansas City, Kan. At Screenland Granada, the movie was shown with Spanish subtitles.

The week of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event, Kansas Speedway hosted a Sprint employee event at the track with more than 12,000 Sprint employees enjoying an evening of entertainment at Kansas Speedway.

Both on and off the race track in 2006 Kansas Speedway provided many memorable moments and there will be no slowing down in 2007.

Kansas Speedway season tickets are on sale now by calling 866-460-RACE or at www.kansasspeedway.com. Season tickets consist of five exciting races - the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Kansas 400 (Sept. 30), the NASCAR Busch Series Yellow Transportation 300 and USAC kansasspeedway.com 100 (Sept. 29), the IndyCar Series Kansas Lottery Indy 300 (April 29) and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 (April 28). Fans are allowed to bring 6x6x12-inch soft-sided coolers into the grandstands with their favorite food and beverage. Parking continues to be free at Kansas Speedway.

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