In an effort to showcase the leadership of women in the NASCAR industry and in Kansas City companies, Kansas Speedway is introducing Beyond the Checkered, a new female-focused infield hospitality option that will include Q&A sessions with women inside the NASCAR industry and Kansas City-based female executives.

Currently committed to participating in the Q&A sessions are Jill Gregory, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer; Sherry Pollex, longtime girlfriend of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, Martin Truex Jr, ovarian cancer survivor, owner of Lavendar Boutique, founder and Vice President of the Martin Truex Jr Foundation, and creator of, a website designed to empower women about their health; Samantha Busch, wife of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch, mom, entrepreneur, lifestyle blogger, IVF advocate, philanthropist and race team co-owner; Julie Giese, President of ISM Raceway; Kim Coon, MRN reporter and co-host of Glass Case of Emotion podcast with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney; Amy Walsh Stock, public relations representative for Jimmie Johnson and Charlotte Candle Company co-owner; Kirsten Krug, Kansas City Chiefs Vice President of Administration; Kathy Nelson, Kansas City Sports Commission and WIN KC – President and CEO; and, Sara Panek, Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway Vice President of Marketing. Additional Q&A participants will be announced later.

In addition to the Q&A participants, women executives will be in attendance to mingle with attendees.

Beyond the Checkered, will take place in the driver/crew chief meeting tent located inside FanWalk in the infield and will be on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, from 8 AM – 10:30 AM. In addition to the Q&A sessions, where fans will have the opportunity to ask questions, a light brunch will be provided, along with a gift bag, cold garage access, FanVision, opportunity to watch the pre-race concert and driver introductions from the infield, and the opportunity to watch the driver/crew chief meeting. Tickets for Beyond the Checkered are $50 and must be accompanied by a grandstand ticket or RV admission. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 866.460.7223. “This is a great opportunity for fans to participate in a non-traditional hospitality and Q&A session during the race weekend,” said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren. “Each of these women have great stories to tell and I think our fans will enjoy participating in this event.”

Kansas Speedway, a premier motorsports facility in the Midwest, hosts two NASCAR race weekends a year, in addition to hosting approximately 200 other events throughout the year. Kansas Speedway’s first race weekend of the season is in May with the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series under the lights. In the fall, the NASCAR playoffs return in with the NASCAR XFINITY Series and Monster Energy I NASCAR Cup Series. To purchase season or single day tickets, call 866.460.RACE (7223) or log onto

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