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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series comes to Sparta

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By Brian Blair

Kentucky Speedway is gearing up for another busy weekend of racing. The track will host the “Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers” and the “Click it or Ticket. Buckle Up! Kentucky 150” Saturday night in Sparta.

The first race is part of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series while the second is part of the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Both series have been racing at the Speedway since 2000.

Past winners in the truck series have included Greg Biffle, Scott Riggs, Mike Bliss, Carl Edwards, Bobby Hamilton, Dennis Setzer, Ron Hornaday, Mike Benson and Johnny Benson.

Hornaday will come to Kentucky after taking the checkered flag in Memphis over the weekend. It was his third win of the season and allowed him to remain on top of the points standings ahead of Matt Crafton who finished fifth in Memphis. Hornaday finished 10th at last year’s race.

The race will get under way at 6:30 p.m. and can be seen on the SPEED Channel.

The ARCA RE/MAX Series will take the track following the truck race. It will be the second race for the series at the track this season.

James Buescher won the first race May 9. Justin Lofton finished second while Jesse Smith came in third.

Rookie driver Parker Kligerman will come to the Speedway on Saturday night having won four of the last five races. His latest victory came July 11 at the Iowa Speedway. Kligerman is the current points leader in the series ahead of Justin Lofton and Frank Kimmel.

Kimmel, who hails from Clarksville, Ind., will come to Sparta looking to capture his fifth win at the track.

Kimmel’s third-place finish in the May race was the 13th time he had finished in the top 10 at the Speedway. He is coming off a seventh-place finish in Iowa.

Tickets are available for the weekend which gets under way Friday afternoon when both series take the track for practice. Sessions will begin at 3 p.m. and last until 9 p.m..

Fans who get to the track early Saturday night can enjoy a concert by Lee Greenwood.

The venerable country singer is taking the place of Chris Cagle, who is unable to make his appearance due to health reasons.

Greenwood’s most notable song is “God Bless the USA.” It was released in 1985 and still popular today.

The song garnered the CMA award for song of the year. Greenwood has also been named CMA Male Vocalist of the Year twice.

Greenwood is the official spokesperson of Operation Never Forgotten, an organization that connects the U.S. military and civilian worlds through non-partisan public service announcements.