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Track Address:
Kentucky Speedway
1 Speedway Drive
Sparta, KY 41086
Phones: (888) 652-7223, (859) 578-2300

Sprint Cup Series title sponsor: Quaker State is signed thru 2018

Track Specifications:
Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400 miles
Banking in turns 1-4: 14 degrees
Banking in tri-oval: 10 degrees
Banking on backstretch: 4 degrees
Length of frontstretch: 1,662 feet
Length of backstretch: 1,600 feet
Length of short chute from start/finish to Turn 1: 681 feet
Length of apex of tri-oval at the start/finish Line: 300 feet
Length of short chute from Turn 4 to start/finish: 681 feet
Grandstand Seating: 107,000
Luxury Suites: 36
90-Seat Private Interior Kentucky Club
2,100-Seat Private Exterior Bluegrass Club
Terrace Boxes: 10
Private, Backstretch RV Spaces: 125
Infield RV Spaces: 650
Additional Reserved RV Spaces: 6,500
Parking For More Than 30,000 Cars
Opened: 2000

Track Websites and Social Media:
Kentucky Speedway website
Speedway Motorsports
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Track Records & Stats

  • June 2014 Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 139.723mph, started 1st

  • Track Race Record: #2-Brad Keselowski, 6/30/2012, 145.607mph

  • Slowest Race Record: #20-Matt Kenseth, 6/30/2013, 131.948mph

  • Oldest Race Winner: Matt Kenseth, 41 years, 3 months, and 20 days, 6/30/2013

  • Youngest Race Winner: Kyle Busch, 26 years, 2 months, 7 days, 7/9/2011

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: #20-Matt Kenseth, 6/30/2013, started 26th

  • June 2014 Pole Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 188.791mph, 1st

  • Track Qualifying Record: #2-Brad Keselowski, 6/27/2014, 188.791mph

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr., 38 years, 8 months, and 18 days, 6/28/2013

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Brad Keselowski; 30 years, 4 months, and 14 days; 6/27/2014

  • Most Wins: 2 - Brad Keselowski

  • Most Poles: 1 - Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski

  • Most Top 5s: 3 - Kyle Busch

  • Most Top 10s: 4 - Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson & Kyle Busch

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: Brad Keselowski, 6/28/2014, 199 laps

  • Most Laps Led (didn't win): Jimmie Johnson, 6/30/2013, 182 laps

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: Matt Kenseth, 6/30/2013, 38 laps

  • Most Lead Changes: 20 - 7/9/2011

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 11 - 6/30/2013

  • Most Leaders: 12 - 7/9/2011

  • Fewest Leaders: 3 - 6/28/2014

  • Most Cautions: 10, 6/30/2013

  • Most Caution Laps: 42, 6/30/2012

  • Fewest Cautions: 4, 6/30/2012

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 24, 6/30/2012

  • Most Running at the Finish: 38 - 6/28/2014

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 32 - 6/30/2012 & 6/30/2013

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: Toyota, 2; Ford, 2; Dodge, 2

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 2 [1 was set by owners pts, inclement weather]
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 2 of 4
  • Races won from the top 10: 3 of 4

  • PAST RACE WINNERS
    2014: #2-Brad Keselowski, Ford, 139.723, started 1st
    2013: #20-Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 131.948, started 16th
    2012: #2-Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 145.607, started 8th
    2011: #18-Kyle Busch, Toyota, 137.314, started 1st (due to owners points)

  • PAST POLE WINNERS
    2014: #2-Brad Keselowski, Ford, 188.791mph, finished 1st
    2013: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevy, 183.636mph, finished 12th
    2012: #48-Jimmie Johnson, Chevy, 181.818mph, finished 6th
    2011: #18-Kyle Busch, Toyota, no speed / rained out / set by points, finished 1st


Track News and Announcements

  • Kentucky Speedway adding SAFER barriers to walls: Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger says track officials have long considered adding more Steel and Foam Energy Reduction barriers to the Sparta, Ky., track's walls. "And then with what happened to Kyle Busch, it ratcheted up the urgency," Simendinger said Monday. Simendinger said Monday that by this July's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend, his track plans to add the so-called soft to its back stretch. "Sometimes you have to see what can possibly happen before you realize that you've got a problem that needs to be corrected," Simendinger said. "Obviously it's an expensive thing to do. It takes time. But it's something we're committed to. I've always said safety is our No. 1 thing, so that's what we're going to do assuming we can get the work done between now and our races," set for July 9-11. Already, SAFER barriers cover Kentucky's entry to corners through exits -- spots consultants deemed most likely to result in contact with race cars. Along the backstretch, the new walls could catch spinning cars off Turn 2. Ultimately, Simendinger says that "as an industry" NASCAR-sanctioned tracks will eventually cover every inch of exposed concrete wall. But it comes at a hefty cost -- approximately $500 per square foot. "It's something we work hand-in-hand with NACAR and their consultants on," he said. "...But there's not that many people that make SAFER barriers, so we've got to make sure we can get it, get it installed and do it properly."(Courier Journal)(2-24-2015)

  • VisitMyrtleBeach.com renews sponsorship of Kentucky Xfinity race: One of the fastest-growing family and vacation destinations in the nation, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina will continue to be the title sponsor of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race. The 2015 event will take the green flag at Kentucky Speedway Saturday, Sept. 26 at 8:00 p.m. and be televised on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN). The VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway will conclude a two-race weekend that begins Friday, Sept. 25 with the ARCA Racing Series (ARS) Kentucky 150. Tickets, campsites and Fan Zone passes for all Kentucky Speedway events can be purchased through www.kentuckyspeedway.com, by calling (859) 578-2300 or visiting the Kentucky Speedway ticket office at 1 Speedway Drive in Sparta, Ky., just off Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 N.(Kentucky Speedway)(12-10-2014)

  • Man dies from Kentucky Speedway crash: A 30-year-old Indiana man died over the weekend from injuries sustained in a crash at Kentucky Speedway. Stephen Cox, of Decatur, Indiana, died Sunday at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, according to the Hamilton County Coroner. The crash in which he sustained his injuries occurred Sept. 14 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. "We had an accident on the track," said Tim Bray, director of communications for Kentucky Speedway. "Emergency medical, they attended to him, they transported him to UC. That's all I can tell you at the moment." Bray said the crash occurred during an event called the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience.(Kentucky Enquirer)(9-23-2014)

  • NASA Langley Rockets to Kentucky Speedway for NASCAR Races: NASA will take visitors into space, then bring them down to Earth in an exhibit that combines NASA technology and education during this week's NASCAR races at the Kentucky Speedway. Technicians and others from NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, will be at the Sparta, Kentucky speedway, June 26 -28, with five tents of models, displays and artifacts that will highlight NASA's contributions to aerospace research and everyday life, including technology being used in racecars. "Rockets to Racecars" not only looks at how many of the same principles that apply to flight apply to automobile racing, such as aerodynamics, drag and propulsion, but also how NASA technology has improved racecar safety and driver health. Also on display - something that drivers depend on - tires. A wheel exhibit will show tires used here on Earth and some designed for outer space. A NASCAR tire, two space shuttle tires, lunar rover tire, and lunar Spring Tire will sit side-by-side giving everyone the chance to compare wheels of yesterday, today and tomorrow.(Kentucky Speedway)(6-25-2014)

  • Kentucky Speedway could get repaved soon: Look to add Kentucky Speedway to the repave list in the near future. Track president Mark Simendinger says that the racing surface, while providing outstanding action thanks to its advanced age, is on its last legs. The track is doing everything they can to keep it together and hold off on the repaving project as long as possible, but a date to pour new asphalt appears inevitable. Sources say Goodyear's tire test recently was, in part designed to see if a compound can be built to withstand the current surface well enough to "ward off" such a process within the next year or two. (The speedway was bit by several tire failures in 2013).(Frontstretch)(5-27-2014)

  • No repave planned for Kentucky Speedway: There would have been talk this summer, as there is every year, about repaving Kentucky Speedway when the Sprint Cup Series circuit descends upon the Sparta, Ky., track for its biggest race weekend. Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger isn't ready to give in just yet. There are no plans for a Kentucky Speedway repave unless track officials absolutely have to, and Mother Nature does that sometimes to asphalt. But in the meantime, Simendinger's maintenance staff will continue maintaining the track's original surface installed before it opened in 2000. "If you're a real motorsports fan, you know you're allowed to interchange the word "character" for bumpy," Simendinger said Tuesday. "In that regard, we have a lot of character. And that's a good thing." Drivers regularly discuss the difficulty in passing at Kentucky, though they've embraced the challenge of setting up a balanced car there. Simendinger said he hasn't fielded a single complaint from one of them about the track's, um, character. "In fact, I saw Kevin Harvick came to throw out the first pitch at one of the Reds games," Simendinger said. "He just walked up to me and didn't even say hello. He just said, 'Don't repave that race track.' The Quaker State 400, as the Cup Series race will be known through 2018, is set for June 28 during a weekend that includes Camping World Truck and Nationwide series events. The track then hosts the ARCA Racing and Nationwide series on Sept. 19-20. As with other Sprint Cup Series tracks, Kentucky Speedway will be equipped with NASCAR's "Air Titan" track drying system this season. The device sucks water off surfaces and into a truck, which NASCAR's R&D Center estimates could decrease drying times by 80%.(Courier-Journal)(2-5-2014)


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