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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 Stats - Racing-reference.info


Track Records & Stats

  • July 2015 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 129.402mph, started 9th

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

  • Slowest Race Record: #18-Kyle Busch, 7/11/2015, 129.402mph

  • 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

  • July 2015 Pole Winner: none, due to inclement weather

  • 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 & Kyle Busch

  • Most Poles: 1 - Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski; (rained out - 2 times)

  • Most Top 5s: 4 - Kyle Busch; 3 - Matt Kenseth

  • Most Top 10s: 5 - 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: 11, 7/11/2015

  • Most Caution Laps: 49, 7/11/2015

  • Fewest Cautions: 4, 6/30/2012

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

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 7/11/2015

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

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: Toyota, 3; Ford, 1; Dodge, 1

  • 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 9: 1 [set by rules book, practice speeds, inclement weather]
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 2 of 5
  • Races won from the top 10: 4 of 5

  • PAST RACE WINNERS
    2015: #18-Kyle Busch, Toyota, 129.402, started 9th (qualifying rained out, set by rules book)
    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 (qualifying rained out, set by rules book)

  • PAST POLE WINNERS
    2015: #42-Kyle Larson, Chevy, no speed / rained out / set by rules book/practice speeds, finished 35th
    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

  • NASCAR explains decision to cancel Kentucky qualifying: NASCAR's decision to cancel Sprint Cup qualifying Friday at Kentucky Speedway to give teams more practice time raised questions among some fans and led to #21-Ryan Blaney, #95-Michael McDowell and #30-Travis Kvapil failing to make the field. Monday, Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, explained on "The Morning Drive" the sanctioning body's decision to cancel qualifying for both Cup and the Xfinity Series last week.
    Although extra practice time had been scheduled, rain and water seeping up to the track limited Cup teams to 49 minutes of practice before the decision was made to cancel qualifying and give teams an additional 90 minutes of practice. "Under all the circumstances we were faced with (at Kentucky) ... the desire from the majority of the garage to get some more time on the track prior to the race became our priority at that point," O'Donnell told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "And then the challenges we had drying the track. We didn't know if we'd even get to a point where we could get cars on the track, so we elected to go early and have everybody focus on setting up for the race. One of the challenges for the teams is it's a three-hour transition going to qualifying trim vs. going back. It also helped the teams that were there to really prepare everything for the race vs. qualifying. Certainly, we can be challenged for that, but it was something that that race and the circumstances dictated for us, and, ultimately, the decision we made wanting to put the best possible race on Saturday night."(NBC Sports)(7-13-2015)

  • Kentucky Speedway has made no decision on when to repave: It's still too soon for Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger to answer one of the biggest questions moving forward about the 1.5-mile oval in Sparta, Ky. When's the time to finally re-pave? "We've got a track that certainly produced great races," Simendinger said Sunday, after Kyle Busch won the previous night's Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. "Normally you'd say, 'Don't touch those.' But we also have a track that took us almost four hours to dry, so that's not good." Paired with a new NASCAR rules package that drew rave reviews from drivers, Kentucky Speedway's 15-year-old surface produced its best Cup Series product yet on Saturday night. Competitors were able to pass both on the yellow line and near the wall, with Busch and eventual runner-up Joey Logano changing the lead more than once inside the final 20 laps. While all three races during the triple-header weekend went off without a hitch, qualifying for each -- plus extra Cup Series testing time for the low-downforce rules package -- was washed out. Rain didn't necessarily prevent a dry track, but rather "weepers" -- ground water spewing up through cracks in the track surface. "It was a very, very unusual situation as far as us being in the middle of July and having such saturated ground," Simendinger said. "We don't want to overreact -- let everything settle in and get feedback from our drivers and maintenance guys." Either way, Simendinger said, a potential re-pave wouldn't happen before the NASCAR Xfinity Series' return to Sparta, Ky., this September. Then track officials have until the following summer to make a decision about the surface for next summer's Quaker State 400 weekend.(Louisville Courier-Journal)(7-13-2015)

  • Kyle Busch wins at Kentucky: #18-Kyle Busch won the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway for his 2nd win of the season, 2nd win at Kentucky, and 31st career win. He led 163 of the 267 laps.
    #22-Logano finished 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #19-Edwards, #20-Kenseth, #2-Keselowski, #24-Gordon, #4-Harvick, #48-Johnson, and #41-Busch.
    #42-Larson, who started from the pole, had to pit for a tire rub with 50 laps to go, then made contact with the wall and finished 35th.
    Harvick increases the drivers points lead to 68 points. #48-Johnson and #22-Logano are tied for 2nd.
    Busch is now just 87 points out of 30th (to get in the Chase) and needs around a 17th place average finish to crack the top 30 in the 8 races before the Chase.
    There were 13 lead changes among 8 drivers. There were 11 cautions for 49 yellow flag laps. The 11 cautions are a record at Kentucky Speedway.
    The average speed was 129.402mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)(7-11-2015)

  • Kentucky honors Jeff Gordon...with bourbon: Kentucky Speedway, Speedway Motorsports Inc., Kentucky Distillers Association and four prominent Kentucky distillers presented a special "thank you" to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon, who is competing in his final full-time season. Four Roses, Jim Beam, Michter's and Wild Turkey each gave the four-time Sprint Cup Series champion 24 bottles with each bottle featuring a special one-of-a-kind autographed label. Kentucky is internationally known for its bourbon whiskey producing 95 percent of the world's supply. KDA gave Gordon a trunk full of glassware, barware and other gifts to enjoy his new collection and to remember his time in Kentucky, the one, true and authentic home for bourbon. The Master Distillers from each distiller were in attendance. If Gordon wins at Kentucky, he will be the first driver to win at every track on the current Sprint Cup Series schedule. He has finished in the top ten in each of the first four Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts races.(Kentucky Speedway)(7-11-2015)

  • 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)

  • 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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