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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
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Track Stats - Racing-reference.info


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

  • Sprint Cup teams to run new rules package at Kentucky in July: Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, announced on Tuesday that NASCAR has delivered to the Sprint Cup Series teams a rules package that will be raced at Kentucky Speedway on July 11th. So following what's been really well-documented and unprecedented communications and collaboration with NASCAR's OEM partners, the race teams, drivers and Goodyear, NASCAR made the decision to move forward with the package. Some of the changes include:
    Reduced spoiler height: The spoiler height will be 3 inches (down from 6 inches), and the cars will have a 25-inch wider splitter extension panel (radiator pan, was 38 inches), and the splitter will have a 1 inches less overhang than the current splitter.
    Tires: the tires for the event will have more grip than in 2014, but they are not specifically built for the package.
    Practice: Teams will be afforded extended practice time (4 hours) on the racetrack, and that will occur opening up Wednesday, July 8, for them to tune their race cars.
    Some Q&A's about the package from the NASCAR Teleconference with O'Donnell:
    Q. And then what will you look for at Kentucky to determine whether this is a success or whether it's something you might want to see again in future races?
    O'DONNELL: "I think ultimately that's up to the fans, but certainly we'll look for -- we've been very, very vigilant in talking about tighter racing. I think we've achieved that in terms of 1st to 43rd. You see that those teams are closer than ever, but we certainly want to see more lead changes on the racetrack. We'll evaluate not only that but a number of different factors coming out of Kentucky and see what we can learn and potentially what we can implement down the road."
    Q. A couple of quick things: I didn't hear you address whether or not the package will be used beyond Kentucky, or is that going to be the only race where it's in place this season? And also, how much of a risk is putting that package on the track without extensive testing?
    O'DONNELL: "Yeah, on your first question, this is a Kentucky package only, but any options are on the table coming out of Kentucky. But for now, that's been the dialogue with the industry. And as for your second question, I'd go back to we've had an extensive testing plan with the industry over the last 18 months. The teams have some data on this package, so we feel confident, and we wouldn't implement this if we didn't feel confident as an industry to implement it at Kentucky. And then you also look at some of the things, even in a test, there's only so much you can learn, and then you validate it ultimately at a race, and we feel like that's the direction we're headed."
    Q. And can you also talk about testing -- the concept in our sport of testing during a race, they'll have Wednesday, but it's like some people have said, the off-season should be longer so that maybe this testing could be done then, but obviously you need all the cars on the track in order to test this fully.
    O'DONNELL: "Yeah, let me be clear. This is not a test; this is a race. This is the Kentucky package, and we have tested this over the last 18 months. There's been a number of tests done. There's been a number of simulations done. The OEMs are involved. I want to be very clear that this is the Kentucky race package and not at all a test for us."
    Q. And again, do you plan to add any sort of tire tests or anything for future looks at this package?
    O'DONNELL: "Still looking at that."
    Q. Worst case scenario, if Kentucky is an abnormal race, if there are an abnormal number of cautions, if it's rain delayed, rain interrupted, if it doesn't go full distance, if drivers don't really ever get a chance to run a significant number of green flag laps, is there any chance y'all will just throw out that result and say, okay, we can't use this as a template, we'll try again somewhere else, or are you all in based on Kentucky, period?
    O'DONNELL: "No, that's a good question. Let me back up on a couple things. So we're opening up on Wednesday. Number one, you want to look at any feedback you get from the industry, safety, anything, we want to make sure that the package meets anything that we've seen in simulation, so we've built in time for that. We've built in time if it does rain and we lost Wednesday, we've got a plan in place with the industry of getting practice time in. And then from there if you get to the race, I would say this is still a specific Kentucky race package, so I wouldn't say we're building our entire rules package by any means on one race, and it goes back to what I've said earlier, and this has been on me in terms of describing the 2015 rules package in its totality, and if you go to Las Vegas and the race maybe wasn't as good as we all had hoped, is that an indictment on the entire year's package, and it shouldn't be, because it's specific to that race, and that's more where we want to go in terms of having that rules package, more specific to the race, to put on the best race possible as we head into each track that weekend. "
    (in part from a NASCAR Teleconference Transcript)(6-16-2015)

  • AeroShell Aerobatic team to performance at Kentucky: The AeroShell Aerobatic Team is set to carve the skies over Kentucky Speedway with an array of daring stunts during a special prerace performance and flyover on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts race day July 11. The longest-flying civilian aerobatic team in North America delights audiences by reeling off tricks in four iconic red-white-and-black North American AT-6 Texans amid billowing smoke. Three decades of renowned airmanship propelled the team to the International Council of Air Shows Foundation (ICAS) Hall of Fame in 2014. The team also earned the air show community's two most prestigious performance awards - the Art Scholl Showmanship Award and the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship. Flyers will treat Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts guests with an exhibition that will roll into Jerrod Niemann's prerace concert performance and stage the prerace flyover. A busy prerace ceremony slate also is scheduled to spotlight a rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" by the 113th U.S. Army Band from Fort Knox, Ky., a "God Bless America" performance by Leo Welsh of the Columbus Blue Jackets National Hockey League (NHL) Club, fire truck parade laps for National Fallen Firefighters Foundation members along with celebrity guest and driver introductions.(Kentucky Speedway) (6-9-2015)

  • LiftMaster becomes Pole Day Sponsor at Kentucky: Kentucky Speedway has partnered with LiftMaster to become the Pole Day sponsor for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series Friday, July 10. Headquartered in Elmhurst, Illinois, LiftMaster is the number one brand of professionally installed residential garage door openers, as well as a major manufacturer of commercial door operators, residential and commercial gate operators, telephone entry systems and related access control products. The fifth NSCS event in the facility's history will take the green flag at 7:30pm, Saturday, July 11. The 400-mile race will provide the finale to a tripleheader NASCAR weekend that opens with the July 9 Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225 followed by a 300-mile NXS Series event July 10.(Kentucky Speedway)(4-28-2015)

  • Kentucky Speedway announces Ford F-150 as official pace vehicle: Kentucky Speedway announces the 2015 Ford F-150 truck will lead the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field to green Saturday, July 11 at 7:30pm, for the fifth running of the Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts. The truck will also pace the July 10 NASCAR XFINITY Series and July 9 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fields becoming the "Official Pace Vehicle of Kentucky Speedway" of the 2015 season. Ford has been providing cars and trucks to the Speedway since 1998. During speedway events, Super Duty trucks tow free fan trams and are utilized by the speedway's operations department as well as the Fire and Safety team.(Kentucky Speedway)(4-25-2015)

  • Kentucky Speedway's Ford Fan Day returns April 25: Kentucky Speedway's Ford Fan Day returns Saturday, April 25 from 11:00am-4:00pm. The free event gives visitors a chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at the venue while enjoying family oriented activities, food, pace car rides, musical entertainment, and meeting two-time Daytona 500 Champion Sterling Marlin from 1:00-2:45pm. Guests will be able to tour the spotters stand, flag stand, garages, owner's suite, press box, campgrounds. As well as see Gravelrama, FSAE Cars from the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Motorsports and Fire and Safety vehicles. Visitors are able to have their photo taken in Victory Lane with the Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts trophy and the #22 Penske show car. Fans can learn more about the speedway from our General Manager Mark Simendinger during the "Ask the GM" question-and-answer session at 1:45pm. in Bluegrass Hall in the infield. Fans will also be able to talk to motorsports experts during the "Racing Roundtable" chats at 1:00pm, and 2:15pm. The popular Kids Zone will be filled with activities such as face painting, Hot Wheels racing, a pit stop tire challenge, inflatables, popcorn, and bean bag toss into tires. The complete Ford Fan Day schedule is available at http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com/fans/ford_fan_day.(Kentucky Speedway)(4-22-2015)

  • Testing at Kentucky: Eight NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers and teams are scheduled to participate in the April 15 open test at Kentucky Speedway ahead of the track's Quaker State 400 in July. The open test will be preceded by a closed Goodyear tire test on April 13 and 14 with one team each from the following organizations: Chip Ganassi Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Childress Racing and Roush Fenway Racing. On April 15, #16-Greg Biffle, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #20-Matt Kenseth, #22-Joey Logano, #1-Jamie McMurray, #10-Danica Patrick, #31-Ryan Newman and #9-Sam Hornish Jr. are scheduled to participate in the open test with April 16 serving as a rain date before the Sprint Cup Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway next weekend.(NASCAR.com)(4-10-2015)

  • Jerrod Niemann in concert at Kentucky Speedway: Country music star Jerrod Niemann will entertain race fans with a special performance on Kentucky Speedway's infield Kroger Concert Stage prior to the July 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts. The singer/songwriter's fourth album, High Noon, made its debut last year and provides listeners with a blend of country, pop and rock mixed with a bit of electronic beats. His smash single from his latest album, "Drink to That All Night," earned Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Gold-certified and rose to No. 6 on the Billboard Country Music Charts. It was followed-up by the second single "Donkey." Niemann who's influenced by Lefty Frizzell, George Strait, Randy Travis, and Keith Whitley, will share his unique mix of music on the Kroger prerace stage at the NSCS Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts race where tickets are as low as $59. Fans can enjoy stage-side and trackside views of the show by adding a daily Kroger Fan Zone pass to ticket orders. Passes also provide pit road access at designated times, the opportunity to view NASCAR inspections from the Fan Zone along with enjoying activities and concessions in an area near pit road and surrounding Victory Lane.(Kentucky Speedway) (3-13-2015)

  • 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)

  • 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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Countdown to Race Time: 7/11/2015 ~7:45pm/et

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Friday, July 10, 2015, 5:45pm/et
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Friday, July 10, 2015, 1:00 pm/et
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