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Kansas Speedway Hires NASCAR Driver Kasey Kahne as Ticket Seller for the Day

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KANSAS CITY, Kan.

Kasey Kahne shouldn't quit his day job — as a ticket seller for Kansas Speedway. The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver will join the staff at Kansas Speedway to learn the business of ticket sales at a major speedway.

On Tuesday, May 16 the 2004 Raybestos Rookie of the Year will join Kansas Speedway's ticketing staff for the day. He'll meet the staff, take a quick tour of Kansas Speedway's ticket offices, learn some tips on how to sell tickets and then get ready for some on-the-job training with the race fans of NASCAR.

"We're excited that he's joining our staff for the day," speedway President Jeff Boerger said. "The ticket sales staff is the backbone of the racing community. Without them, tickets would go unsold and seats would be empty. We'll need Kasey's help that day as we look to sell out for a consecutive sixth time."

Kahne is a defending race winner at Kansas Speedway, having narrowly edged Greg Biffle in last year's NASCAR Busch Series race at the track. He's also a NEXTEL Cup Series superstar with three career wins.

But his new job as a ticket sales agent could prove more exciting.

Besides answering some ticket sales calls, Kahne will personally autograph all tickets he sells that day. He's featured on this year's season ticket so his autograph will make the ticket a nice collector's piece for some lucky fans.

"I'm really looking forward to experiencing what goes on in this segment of our sport," Kahne said. "When the drivers arrive at the track, this process is already complete. We see the thousands upon thousands of fans in the seats, but we didn't see how they got there. It's important to me as a driver to understand the ticket process and meet some of the people that make it happen. The fans are the foundation of our sport (NASCAR). I'll have the opportunity to talk with some of those ordering tickets on May 16."

Kahne will take calls from ticket buyers starting at 11 a.m. The best way to reach Kahne is by calling 913.328.RACE (7223) or by Kansas Speedway's toll-free number, 866.460.RACE (7223).

"Not only will race fans be buying a ticket to one of the most beautiful and fan-friendly racetracks in the country, but they're getting a piece of racing memorabilia from a talented, young driver who will eventually win a NASCAR championship," Boerger said.

Kahne is a former USAC Midget champion and a multiple winner in NASCAR's Busch Series and NEXTEL Cup Series. He has three wins in NASCAR's elite NEXTEL Cup division — two of those wins this year. He's seventh in series points, and is expected to be one of the title contenders in NASCAR's Chase for the Championship, a 10-race stretch that will eventually decide the series champion. Kansas Speedway's Banquet 400 on Oct. 1 is the third race in that run.

Kansas Speedway is set to begin its sixth season of racing this year. The season kicks off with the IRL IndyCar Series Kansas Lottery Indy 300, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 and ARCA RE/MAX Series Kansas Lottery $200 Grand, July 1-2. The year culminates with the NASCAR Busch Series Yellow Transportation 300 and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Banquet 400, Sept 30 and Oct. 1.

RPM Tickets for 2005 are available by calling 913.328.RACE or toll free at 866.460.RACE. Race fans may also log onto www.racetickets.com or the speedway's official Web site, www.kansasspeedway.com.

For race fans shopping for tickets at Village West, stop by Kansas Speedway's preferred ticket outlet, Sports Nutz in The Legends at Village West, 1843 Village West Parkway, in Kansas City, Kan.

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