On May 22, 2017, the racing world was stunned when we lost former MotoGP World Champion and former AMA Superbike Champion Nicky Hayden. His untimely death left his family, friends, and racing fans from all over the world devastated. A nine-day event is planned to celebrate Kentucky Motorsports History and Tradition, centered around Nicky Hayden Day & the Memorial Ride.

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Although on September 29th, 2021, our hometown hero, the "Kentucky Kid", officially got inducted into the Motorsports Hall Of Fame of America, Nicky wasn't about accolades. He was more about being in the background and doing acts of service. If he could help someone in need, that's what mattered most. The good work that he started has been carried over by his family with the creation of the Nicky Hayden Memorial Foundation. Whether the foundation is partnering with Make-A-Wish to make a child's dream come true or creating the much-needed Daniel Pitino Shelter‘s Nicky Hayden Apartments, the Hayden family is carrying on Nicky's giving tradition beautifully. I salute the family for all of your kindness and giving.

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Many events are planned this summer to be sure Nicky's legacy will never be forgotten.

KENTUCKY MOTORSPORTS HISTORY CELEBRATION - NICKY HAYDEN WEEK

This morning at Rooster Booster a special announcement was made! There's a nine-day celebration planned to honor Nicky Hayden. The week will focus on Kentucky Motorsports History and Tradition, centered around Nicky Hayden Day & the Memorial Ride. Nicky Hayden, at just 35, tragically passed away after he succumbed to injuries after a horrific cycling accident. As the news broke, there was an outpouring of support from all over the world for his family and friends. The Owensboro community grieved for what might have been. He still had so much life to live and more to give. The community has been memorializing Nicky ever since that fateful day. This year, the celebration will be the biggest to date. The schedule is jam-packed with exciting events for the entire family.

Friday, June 2nd-

River City Bike Expo
Location - The Owensboro Convention Center
Friday After 5 Kentucky Motorsports Week Night
Time - 6 pm-11:30 pm Location - Downtown Owensboro Riverfront

Friday Night Fun Night
Time - TBD
Location - Windy Hollow Dragway (4731 Windy Hollow Rd)

Saturday, June 3rd-

River City Bike Expo
Location - The Owensboro Convention Center
Downtown Cruise In
Time - 4 pm-7 pm Location - Downtown Owensboro (3rd St between Daviess & Allen)

NASCAR Truck Series Toyota 200 Watch Party
Race Time - 1:30 pm (160 laps)
Location - The Lot @ Market 03 (900 E 4th St)

WDRA Bracket Racing
Time - TBD
Location - Windy Hollow Dragway (4731 Windy Hollow Rd, Owensboro, KY)

Sunday, June 4th -

NASCAR Day
Time - 12 pm
Location - Downtown Owensboro (2nd St)
Beer Release and Meet & Greet with Darrell and Michael Waltrip
Time - 1 pmLocation - The Pub on 2nd
Live Music
Time - TBD
Location - Brashers Little Nashville

NASCAR Illinois 300 Watch Party
Time - 12 pm
Location - Downtown Owensboro (2nd St)

Dirt Track Racing
Time - TBD
Location - Windy Hollow Speedway (4731 Windy Hollow Rd, Owensboro, KY)

Monday, June 5th -

6.9% Give Back supporting The Nicky Hayden Memorial Foundation
Additional Location information can be found at https://whatareyoudoinc.com/or on the Do Inc App - Search 6.9%.
Participating businesses are identified with a window cling.
50/50 Pot to benefit St Joe’s Peace Mission & The Nicky Hayden Memorial Foundation
Time - TBD
Location - TBD

Tuesday, June 6th -

Jeep Night
Time - TBD
Location - TBD

Wednesday, June 7th -

Applebee’s Bike Night
Time - 6 pm-9 pm Location - Applebee’s Bar & Grill (5120 Frederica Street)

Thursday, June 7th -

6.9% Give Back supporting The Nicky Hayden Memorial Foundation
Additional Location information can be found at https://whatareyoudoinc.com/or on the Do Inc App - Search 6.9%.
Participating businesses are identified with a window cling.
50/50 Pot to benefit St Joe’s Peace Mission & The Nicky Hayden Memorial Foundation
Time - TBD
Location - TBD

Friday, June 8th -

Nicky Hayden Day
Nicky Hayden Memorial Ride
Line Up Time - 5 pm
Ride Time - 6:09 pm
 
Friday After 5 Nicky Hayden Night
Time - 6 pm-10 pm

Toast to the Sunset & The Hayden Family
Time – 7:30 PM
Location – Jagoe Homes Main Stage- Holiday Inn Riverfront

Bottle Sale & Charity Auction to benefit The Nicky Hayden Memorial Foundation
Time - Sales open after the Nicky Hayden Memorial Ride
Location - Lure Seafood Grille

Friday Night Fun Night
Time - TBD
Location - Windy Hollow Dragway (4731 Windy Hollow Rd)

Saturday, June 10th -

Poker Run to benefit The Nicky Hayden Memorial Foundation
Registration Time - TBD
Registration Location - TBD

WDRA Bracket Racing
Time - TBD
Location - Windy Hollow Dragway (4731 Windy Hollow Rd, Owensboro, KY)

If you can't make it to any events, you can still give to the Nicky Hayden Memorial Foundation. His legacy of giving back will also never be forgotten!

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