ARCA Returning to Kentucky Speedway in 2013

(TOLEDO, Ohio - November 14, 2012) - Kentucky Speedway will be back on the ARCA Racing Series schedule in 2013, a return to the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. facility for the first time since 2009.

ARCA and track officials announced the Friday, September 20, 2013 race today, and the event will be the 20th for ARCA's top division at the 1.5-mile track. The event will precede a NASCAR Nationwide Series event the next day. Kentucky Speedway will also host a NASCAR tripleheader weekend in July.

The list of past ARCA race winners at Kentucky includes nine-time series champion Frank Kimmel, who has four Kentucky wins and five Menards Pole Awards in 19 appearances. Kyle Busch, Tim Steele, Ryan Newman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and James Buescher have all won at the track, and Parker Kligerman took the lead from Grant Enfinger on the final lap in July 2009 to become the most recent Kentucky ARCA winner.

The September 20 event at Kentucky joins March 9 at Mobile and June 22 at Road America as confirmed dates on ARCA's 2013 schedule. ARCA will release many more event dates later this week, with the full season schedule soon to come.

ARCA's history at Kentucky Speedway is listed below.

7-2-00 Tim Steele 1:23:53/107.313
8-26-00 Ryan Newman 1:33:07/67.012
5-12-01 Frank Kimmel 1:18:15/115.016
7-13-01 Frank Kimmel 1:40:27/120.060
5-11-02 Frank Kimmel 1:28:39/105.584
7-12-02 Chad Blount 1:39:23/121.348
5-10-03 Kyle Busch 1:52:34/109.535
5-8-04 Ryan Hemphill 2:05:26/98.299
7-10-04 Ryan Hemphill 59:57/100.584
5-14-05 Frank Kimmel 1:27:26/102.936
7-8-05 Chad Blount 1:26:53/103.587
5-13-06 Steve Wallace 1:43:38/89.150
7-7-06 Brad Coleman 1:41:51/97.202
5-12-07 Erik Darnell 1:37:28/92.339
7-13-07 Michael McDowell 1:30:01/99.981
5-10-08 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 1:53:14/89.020
7-18-08 Scott Speed 1:40:28/93.165
5-9-09 James Buescher 1:32:23/97.420
7-18-09 Parker Kligerman 1:23:20/108.000

The 2012 ARCA Racing Series Championship Awards Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, December 8, and will be held in conjunction with the International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS), which will begin two days prior. The banquet will take place in a new location, the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

Testing for the ARCA Racing Series' 50th appearance at Daytona International Speedway, in February 2013, will take place from December 14-16.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned 30 ARCA national champions in 60 seasons since 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 26 states since its inception. The series has tested the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.375 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course in its most recent season. This year, the series visited Alabama's Mobile International Speedway and Minnesota's Elko Speedway for the first time. Next season, ARCA will appear for the first time at Road America in Wisconsin.

Founded by John and Mildred Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in four professional touring series and local weekly events.