Kyle Busch's victory in the inaugural Cup race at Kentucky Speedway was his 22nd series victory in his 240th start.
Kyle Busch tied Kevin Harvick with his third victory of the season and assumed the Cup points lead by four points over Carl Edwards.
Kyle Busch won from the pole, the first driver to do that in a Cup race in 2011.
Five of Kyle Busch's 22 career victories (23 percent) have come from the pole.
It was the fourth win of the season for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2011, tying Roush Fenway Racing for the most.
David Reutimann (second) scored his best finish of 2011 and only his second top-10 in 18 races.
Jimmie Johnson (third) finished in the top 10 for the 11th time this season.
Ryan Newman (fourth) earned his best finish of 2011.
Carl Edwards (fifth) picked up his 13th top-10 finish in 18 races, the most of any driver.
Matt Kenseth (sixth) has finished 14th or better in each of the past eight races.
Jamie McMurray (36th) blew his engine and has not finished in the top 10 in the past eight races.
Kentucky Odds and Ends
Of the 20 lead changes in Saturday nights race, eight of them (40 percent) happened under caution.
Kyle Busch is tied with Terry Labonte with 22 career Cup wins, putting Kyle in a tie for 27th on the all-time wins list.
David Reutimanns 2nd-place finish was his best of the year (previous best was 9th at Coca-Cola 600).
Kasey Kahne finished 13th on Saturday. He has one top-10 finish in his last eight races.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 30th _ marking the fourth consecutive race hes finished worse than 15th.
Since finishing 2nd at Dover in May, Mark Martin has one top-10 finish in his last seven starts.
David Ragans eighth-place finish came after his win at Daytona last weekend. It marked the second time this season hes had back-to-back top-10 finishes.(Virginian Pilot)(7-10-2011)
Kyle Busch wins at Kentucky: #18-Kyle Busch won the inaugrual Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway for his 3rd win of 2011, 22nd career win and taking the points lead. #00-Reutimann finished second followed by #48-Johnson, #39-Newman, #99-Edwards, #17-Kenseth, #2-Keselowski, #6-Ragan, #22-Busch and #24-Gordon.
The points leader going in to the race, #29-Harvick finished 16th and lost the points lead to #18-Busch, who goes to the points lead by 4 points over Edwards.
There were 20 lead changes among 12 drivers; 6 cautions for 32 yellow flag laps. The attendance is listed as 107,000 for the first race.
Scheduled Race Re-Air: SPEED, Wednesday, July 13 at 12:00pm/et
See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Kentucky Race Results/Awards page.
See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(7-9-2011)
Sprint Cup Series Haulers to Visit Cincinnati, Lexington and Louisville: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers will visit Cincinnati, Ohio, Lexington, Ky., and Louisville, Ky., on Wednesday, July 6 before they make their way to Kentucky Speedways historic tripleheader weekend that features the historic July 9 Quaker State 400 along with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225 on July 7 and the NASCAR Nationwide Series Feed The Children 300 on July 8. For a complete scheduled, go to kentuckyspeedway.com.(7-6-2011)
Traffic Plans Set for Kentucky Speedways Quaker State 400 Weekend: Kentucky Speedway, Kentucky State Police, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet have collaborated on a comprehensive traffic and parking plan to accommodate more than 100,000 race fans who will converge at the Speedway July 7-9 for a NASCAR tripleheader weekend that will feature the inaugural Quaker State 400. Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said a plan was carefully crafted to ensure maximum ease and efficiency for race fans traveling to and from the Speedway, just off Interstate 71 at Sparta, in Gallatin County. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet suspended highway construction activity on I-71, beginning Thursday, June 30, to allow northbound and southbound lanes to operate at full capacity. Construction is scheduled to resume on Monday, July 10. Kentucky Speedway is able to accommodate approximately 33,000 vehicles in its 10 parking lots. Fans can access free KOI Auto Parts shuttle buses and speedway trams at eight locations on a new access road that encircles the Speedway. Complete information regarding traffic and parking and tips for fans can be found in the maps section of the official Kentucky Speedway Fan Guide at www.kentuckyspeedway.com.(Kentucky Speedway)(7-6-2011)
KOI Auto Parts Expands Kentucky Speedway Shuttle Service: KOI Auto Parts has expanded Kentucky Speedways free event fan shuttle service through a unique corporate partnership. Fans visiting the speedways blockbuster NASCAR tripleheader weekend spotlighting the inaugural Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 on July 9, Nationwide Series Feed The Children 300 on July 8 and Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225 July 7 will be riding around the facility in style in a fleet of 17 busses donning the KOI Auto Parts logo. KOI busses will primarily serve the Bourbon Street, Hawks Landing and Ponderosa campgrounds on a continuous route that will service the speedway entrances, souvenir row, display areas and shower house.
Headquartered in Cincinnati, KOI has been serving more than 10,000 customers such as professional repair garages, collision centers, General Motors and Ford automotive dealerships and do-it-yourself specialists with world-class customer service for more than 60 years through 75 regional retail locations from a 750,000 square-foot warehouse thats home to an expansive inventory of 350,000 unique parts. Learn more by visiting www.koiautoparts.com.(Kentucky Speedway)(7-6-2011)
Slugger factory makes NASCAR bats: NASCAR drivers coming to Kentucky next week will be hit with a Louisville tradition. Friday morning, more than 300 special-edition NASCAR Louisville Slugger bats were rolled out of the Slugger factory. They feature the logo for the inaugural Sprint Cup race at the Kentucky Speedway, which takes place July 9. The bats have the names of the drivers they'll be given to engraved on the side. "The Sprint Cup series is really like the big league of auto racing," said Anne Jewell, executive director of the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. "What better gift for the folks associated with this race than the official bat of the major leagues, and it's such an important event coming to Kentucky as well." Along with drivers, official team members and executives will be given the special bats. They will not be sold to the public.(Fox 41)(7-3-2011)
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet halting contruction for race: When more than 100,000 race fans make their way to and from the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta next month for the track's inaugural Sprint Cup race, they won't have to deal with the construction zones that have plagued Northern Kentucky roads this spring. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is halting most of the half-dozen construction projects underway on area interstates from June 30 to July 12. "All I can to say to that is thank God in high heaven," said Mark Simendinger, Speedway general manager. Lane closures on I-71/75 on the cut-in-the-hill weekends and on I-71 from the split to the Speedway on weekdays have created hours-long back ups that have frustrated travelers and locals alike.
Crews have also been working on several stretches of Interstate 275 and I-75 in Boone and Grant counties. The roadwork is part of Revive the Drive-NKY, a $91 million series of road projects that will repair and replace decades-old pavement on Interstates 71, 75, 275 and 471.
For the two-week window, which includes the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the ubiquitous orange barrels will be moved out of the way, said Nancy Wood, spokeswoman for the Cabinet's District 6 Office. The only construction will be July 5, 6 and 7 on northbound I-75 from the Grant/Boone County line to near the Turfway exit in Florence. That work will only take place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Simendinger said the track has been working with the Transportation Cabinet for more than six months in preparation for the first Sprint Cup race on July 9 at the Gallatin County track. Any traffic going to the Speedway from I-75 north will have to take the Richwood Road exit, go under the interstate and get back on I-75 south to go to I-71 south. The ramp will be closed from July 5 to July 15. While the ramp is closed, the state will make pavement repairs on the ramp, Wood said. Though all travel lanes will be open, it will still be a bumpy ride getting to and from the Speedway on the 18 miles of I-71 from the I-71/75 split to Sparta. Workers are repairing more than 300 base failures - pot holes and ruts - which means overfilling the holes to higher level than the roadway.(Kentucky Enquirer)(7-2-2011)
Inaugural Kentucky Speedway Sprint Cup race sold out: Kentucky Speedway announces it has sold out the 107,000 grandstand tickets available for the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400. Fans who wish to witness NASCAR history July 9 can still take advantage of the speedways Pit Road Club that offers an infield view of the race action from behind pit road wall or $60 standing room only tickets that will provide access to the Turn 1 and Turn 4 concourses. Both can be purchased at kentuckyspeedway.com or by phone at 888-652-7223 and 859-578-2300. Selling out the inaugural Quaker State 400 with more than a week before the event is a great testament to this market and our fans. Our packed stands will combine with overflowing corporate display, hospitality and camping to create an electric atmosphere as we make Kentucky sports history, Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said. The speedways sold out exterior and infield campgrounds will open on Tuesday, July 5 at noon. Fans still seeking race week campsites can visit kentuckyspeedway.com and click Camping in the top navigation bar for a listing of campgrounds offering good options within walking distance of the speedway and in the surrounding area. Race week festivities begin Wednesday, July 6, when NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team haulers visit Cincinnati, Ohio, Lexington, Ky., and Louisville, Ky.
Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) haulers will visit Fourth Street Live! in downtown Louisville from 11:30 a.m., to 1:00 p.m.; Cincinnati fans can meet Mayor Mark Mallory while viewing Joe Gibbs Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing team haulers at the corner of Fifth St., and Race St., near the Millennium Hotel from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; and Lexington, Ky., will play host to 35 to 40 haulers at Hamburg Place at 2350 Grey Lag Way from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., before they depart on a 12-mile parade that will traverse the city by way of Sir Barton Way, Winchester Rd., Midland Ave., E. Main St., and Newtown Pike.
Kentucky Speedways first NASCAR tripleheader weekend opens Thursday, July 7 with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225 and additionally features the NASCAR Nationwide Series Feed The Children 300 on Friday, July 8. Tickets for both events can be reserved through the Kentucky Speedway Web site and ticket office phone numbers.(Kentucky Speedway)(7-1-2011)
Kentucky Speedway unveils fan inspired trophy: Kentucky Speedway recently unveiled its inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "Quaker State 400" trophy design inspired by fan William Stohr of Sparta, Ky., through a fan contest. The 33-inch high, 22-inch wide, 30-pound trophy will blend Kentucky's racing traditions by featuring a chrome-plated Thoroughbred bust with a flowing checkered-flag mane. The bust will be mounted on a tulip poplar wood pedestal to represent the official state tree and mounted to a stainless-steel base complete with a split-rail fence that depicts the Commonwealth's signature rolling hills."Thinking about Kentucky and the speedway, I wanted to combine stock car racing with a Thoroughbred horse," the 33-year-old Stohr said. His design was chosen from 120 entries submitted by the enthusiastic Kentucky Speedway fan base since November 2010 and brought to life by designer, Murray, Ky., native and Univ. of Kentucky alumnus Rusty Wright, 44, through an association with Maryland-based Aquarius Sports Management. The trophy will be manufactured through Fast Forward Marketing of Spring, Texas. Stohr will receive "Quaker State 400" tickets and will be present in Victory Lane July 9 when his creation is awarded to the speedway's first Sprint Cup Series race champion. "It's pretty overwhelming to think that something that I created will be on a driver's shelf," Stohr added.
The "Quaker State 400" will conclude the speedway's historic opening weekend that opens July 7 with a 225-mile NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event and continues July 8 with the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) "Feed The Children 300." Tickets, campsites along with Fan Zone pit road and infield passes for all 2011 Kentucky Speedway events can be reserved online at kentuckyspeedway.com, by calling 888-652-7223 or by visiting the speedway corporate offices at 1 Speedway Drive in Sparta, Ky., just off Interstate 71, Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 N.(Kentucky Speedway)(6-24-2011)
Clay Walker to entertain fans at Kentucky Speedway: Tried-and-true country music artist Clay Walker will entertain more than 106,000 NASCAR fans with his rock-solid repertoire of hits before the race for Kentucky Speedway's inaugural Sprint Cup Series "Quaker State 400" title July 9. The 41-year-old Walker demonstrated his sound's staying power when the title single from his 11th career collection "She Won't Be Lonely Long" reached No. 5 on Billboard Magazine's Country Album Chart and its title single rocketed to No. 4 on the publication's Country Music Singles Chart in 2010. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996, he started the Band Against MS (BAMS) non-profit foundation to fund research and education about the condition. Learn more by visiting claywalker.com. The "Quaker State 400" will anchor a tripleheader NASCAR weekend at the speedway which opens with a 225-mile Camping World Truck Series battle July 7 followed by the Nationwide Series "Feed The Children 300" on July 8. Tickets, campsites, Fan Zone Pit Road passes along with Fan Zone Prerace concert and driver introduction passes for Kentucky Speedway's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend can be reserved online at kentuckyspeedway.com, by phone at 888-652-7223 or by visiting the venue's Sparta, Ky., corporate offices at 1 Speedway Drive just off Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 N.(Kentucky Speedway)(6-19-2001)
Construction work at Kentucky Speedway affects testing: Construction work at Kentucky Speedway has prompted a two-day IndyCar test to be canceled and pushed back a NASCAR tire test to be pushed back. The IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights had an open test planned for May 9-10 at the track. Teams were notified about the cancellation Wednesday and told IndyCar is looking into scheduling a one-day test at a similar oval. Goodyear invited seven NASCAR Sprint Cup teams to a May 17 test at Kentucky Speedway to confirm the tire setup for the inaugural Quaker State 400 on July 9. That tire test now will take place June 1. The date change could affect the driver lineup. As of last week it included #16-Greg Biffle (Roush Fenway Racing, Ford), #29-Kevin Harvick (Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet), #2-Brad Keselowski (Penske Racing, Dodge), #38-Travis Kvapil (Front Row Motorsports, Ford), #20-Joey Logano (Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota), #5-Mark Martin (Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet) and #00-David Reutimann (Michael Waltrip Racing, Toyota).
The culprit isn't the racing surface but construction going on around it. The rescheduling comes after crews recently removed the inside retaining wall from the exit of pit road, through Turns 1 and 2, and down much of the backstretch. "We're doing some grading there and also putting in a new wall with the SAFER barrier," Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Bruton Smith said. "This is just to make it better and safer. That's what it's all about." Workers framed the pit stalls earlier this week and poured concrete Thursday. While The pit stalls will be concrete, but pit road itself will be asphalt. The changes are part of a massive effort to get the track ready for its Sprint Cup debut, and to handle the more than 100,000 fans expected to attend the July 9 race. "I think we've made some great strides," Smith said. "We've improved parking tremendously and the road system a great deal. Adding 12 more elevators and the extra camping and concessions and souvenirs, all the things we're doing there to accommodate the crowd, that's what we're about."(Cincinnati Enquirer)(4-22-2011)
Kentucky Speedway, Coca-Cola announce five-year partnership: Hot sunshine and the hottest-ever Kentucky Speedway action will have race fans working up a thirst during the 2011 season as they cheer on their favorite NASCAR and open-wheel drivers. Thanks to a new five-year partnership with Coca-Cola North America, the Official Soft Drink of NASCAR, Coca-Cola, has become the exclusive non-alcoholic beverage provider to Kentucky Speedway and will refresh its fans' hard-working thirst each time they visit the 106,000-capacity Speedway Motorsports, Inc.,(SMI) facility in Sparta, Ky. Coca-Cola and Kentucky Speedway will team to create a series of entertainment and promotional programs designed to enhance the fan experience while generating exposure for the venue's six-event, two-weekend 2011 season. Kentucky Speedway and Coca-Cola will introduce their new partnership to fans by delivering a buy-one, get-one-free ticket offer redeemable for either the July NCWTS or NNS races to those who purchase specially-marked 20-can multipacks of Coca-Cola. Multipacks will be on store shelves in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio as well as in Lexington and Louisville, Ky., beginning June 1, 2011.(Kentucky Speedway)(4-14-2011)
Kentucky race to be Feed The Children 300: Kentucky Speedway's inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend will evolve into an awareness platform for Feed The Children when the non-profit relief organization serves as title sponsor of the NASCAR Nationwide Series "Feed The Children 300" on Friday, July 8. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., Feed The Children delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities worldwide to children and families who lack such essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disaster. From distribution centers in Elkhart, Ind., Houston, Texas, Nashville, Tenn., North Brunswick, N.J., Oklahoma City, and Ontario, Calif., Feed The Children is able to provide help and hope to all 50 states. Feed The Children food boxes hold approximately 25 pounds of canned and shelf-stable foods. Essential care boxes contain soap, shampoo, deodorant, tissue, shaving cream and similar personal items. Recipients are identified through local community partner agencies. The organization will help better the lives of families in Kentucky Speedway's home Gallatin Co., and the surrounding region by delivering an estimated 200,000 pounds of food and supplies in events connected to the "Feed The Children 300." Feed The Children also will partner with Speedway Children's Charities to deliver food and essentials to those in need in areas surrounding Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. In all, Feed The Children's distributions in partnership with Speedway Children's Charities will reach 10,000 families with enough food and supplies to stretch around the Kentucky Speedway 1.5-mile track four times.(Kentucky Speedway)(4-9-2011)
UNOH to sponsor Kentucky Truck race: The University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) will bring its motorsports industry expertise to Kentucky Speedway October 1 when the entrepreneurial, not-for-profit institution serves as the title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) UNOH 225. Located in Lima, Ohio, UNOH grants master's, baccalaureate, and associate degrees through its Colleges of Technologies, Business, and Distance Learning. The College of Technologies prepares students for careers in the motorsports and automotive industry through specialized Automotive, High Performance Motorsports, Diesel, and Alternate Fuels programs. The UNOH College of Technologies has built a storied racing history through its involvement in the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR National Series, and events such as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour UNOH Perfect Storm 150 contested at the Bristol Motor Speedway, in addition to the UNOH Southern Slam 150 held at Charlotte Motor Speedway. UNOH will receive multiple promotional considerations under the undisclosed terms of the entitlement agreement. Tickets and camping for all 2011 events can be reserved online at kentuckyspeedway.com, by phone at 888-652-7223 or by visiting the speedway corporate offices at 1 Speedway Drive in Sparta, Ky., 41086.(Kentucky Speedway)(3-21-2010)
Quaker State to Sponsor Inaugural Kentucky Cup race: Quaker State announced it will be the title sponsor of the first ever Sprint Cup Series event at Kentucky Speedway. The Quaker State 400 will be held at the first new track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule since 2001. Quaker State will drop the green flag at the newly-expanded, 117,000-capacity Speedway Motorsports, Inc. facility at 7:30 p.m., July 9. The 400-mile event will conclude a tripleheader NASCAR weekend that opens with a 225-mile Camping World Truck Series battle on July 7 and spotlights a 300-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series event on July 8. Twenty-nine-year Sprint Cup Series veteran and 40-time race winner Mark Martin will pilot the Hendrick Motorsports #5 Quaker State Chevy during the historic weekend.(Kentucky Speedway)(3-6-2011)
Kentucky infield fan zone passes on sale: Kentucky Speedway is celebrating the opening of the 2011 race season by placing infield Fan Zone passes on sale for its July 7-9 NASCAR race weekend that will feature the historic Sprint Cup Series debut at the 105,000-capacity facility along with Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series action.
A Fan Zone Pass will provide fans access to an infield area surrounding Victory Lane and will include an enhanced view of Pit Road until one hour prior to the start of each weekend event. Individual Fan Zone passes are required for each race day and pass holders must possess a race ticket to be admitted to the speedway on race days. Fan Zone passes are priced at $50 for the 225-mile July 7 Camping World Truck Series race day, $75 for the 300-mile July 8 Nationwide Series race day and $100 for the July 9 Sprint Cup Series race day.
The speedway is additionally offering a new Prerace Fan Zone Pass priced at $150 only for its July 9 Sprint Cup Series race day. The Prerace Fan Zone pass will deliver all the amenities of a Fan Zone pass with additional access to an area surrounding a prerace stage where fans will enjoy a one-of-a-kind view of Sprint Cup Series driver introductions and a performance by a prerace concert artist that will be announced in the coming weeks. Prerace Fan Zone pass holders must possess a race ticket to be admitted to the speedway on race day. Children enjoying Fan Zone and Prerace Fan Zone access must possess a race ticket and be accompanied by a paying adult. July Fan Zone passes and race tickets for all 2011 Kentucky Speedway events can be reserved online at www.kentuckyspeedway.com, by phone at 888-652-7223.(Kentucky Speedway)(3-6-2011)
Kentucky Speedway to make sponsor announcement: Kentucky Speedway officials will make a sponsorship announcement prior to Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "I think you'll find it to be a pretty significant sponsorship announcement," Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger said. While he did not elaborate, officials with the track and the company that owns it have been working to land a title sponsor for the inaugural Sprint Cup Series race in July. The 400-mile race is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on July 9.(Cincinnati Enquirer)(3-4-2011)
Kentucky Speedway Individual tickets on sale: Individual tickets for Kentucky Speedways inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 400-mile event and the tracks five additional 2011 races have been placed on sale. Reserved Sprint Cup Series tickets are available on six price levels ranging from $70 to $110 depending on seat location. More info about tickets at kentuckyspeedway.com or call at (888) 652-7223.(Kentucky Speedway)(1-12-2011)
Kentucky Speedway gets state incentives for NASCAR race: The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority has approved incentives for Kentucky Speedway, which is scheduled to hold a NASCAR Sprint Cup race July 9.
The approval means the speedway will be eligible for as much as $20.5 million in performance-based rebates during a 10-year period, based on an investment of $82 million, according to a news release Monday. The incentive allows the applicant to recover as much as 25% of development costs through the recovery of sales tax generated at the racetrack. This NASCAR event at the Kentucky Speedway is estimated to have an annual $150 million economic impact on Kentucky, Gov. Steve Beshear said in the release. Kentucky Speedway, located in Sparta, Ky., was among the first projects approved under the amended Kentucky Tourism Development Act that provides tax incentives to new or expanding businesses.(Louisville Business First)(12-21-2010)
Kentucky Speedway still looking for race sponsor: The inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway remains nameless but track officials are in serious negotiations with prospective title sponsors of the 400-mile event. "It is a large property. It takes some detail and some work to get it done," Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger said. "But, yeah, surely there's a lot of interest. Anybody that's involved in sports sponsorship in this region has expressed some level of interest for the most part; all the major sports sponsors anyway." Working in the speedway's favor is the significance attached to the inaugural race and the markets within its reach. Track officials and court records have stated there are 6.9 million people within a 100-mile radius of the track and 51 million within 300 miles. Average pricing for Cup race entitlements is difficult to determine because financial terms typically are not disclosed. In May 2009, the Associated Press reported the value can exceed $100 million.(Cincinnati Enquirer)(12-8-2010)
Upgrades planned for Kentucky Speedway: Yes, it's official. Kentucky Speedway will host its first Cup race on Saturday night, July 9, 2011. But Bruton Smith's just getting started. Before he could get the huge banner outside the front gate unrolled he was lobbying the governor to build an airport large enough to land 747s on these sprawling hills. "All you camera guys, are you looking at me?" Smith said as he began his rundown of planned improvements. "Look at me!" Smith then promised to spend between $90 million and $100 million expanding seating capacity from 66,000 to 116,000, building new restrooms, adding 200 more acres of campground space and putting in more elevators. When you see what he has accomplished already and what he promises, you almost believe one day he'll convince NASCAR to move the season finale from Homestead-Miami Speedway to Las Vegas Motor Speedway.(ESPN.com)(8-11-2010)
Kentucky Speedway to host Cup race: Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Chairman and CEO Bruton Smith announced that Kentucky Speedway will play host to its inaugural 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, July 9, 2011. The Sparta, Ky., venue will become the 23rd motorsports facility on the 36-race Sprint Cup Series schedule and the first facility to be added to the national tour since Chicagoland Speedway made its debut July 15, 2001 and Kansas Speedway staged its first series race on Sept. 29, 2001.(Kentucky PR)(8-10-2010)
Looks like Kentucky will get a Cup race: Kentucky Speedway will get a NASCAR Sprint Cup race in 2011, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The 1.5-mile tri-oval halfway between Louisville and Cincinnati will host NASCAR's top series in early July. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not been announced. A news conference is scheduled at the track Aug. 10. Kentucky already hosts NASCAR Nationwide and Truck Series events, as well as an IndyCar race. Plans are already in place to expand seating from 65,000 to around 100,000. SMI will likely have to move a race from one of its other tracks to Kentucky. Smith has consistently played coy about his intentions, but during a Cup visit to New Hampshire in June, he didn't exactly endorse the prospect of continuing to have two Cup races a year in New England. While the second race traditionally kicks off the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, the June race could easily be bumped off the schedule. NASCAR is expected to announce its 2011 schedule by Labor Day.(Associated Press)(8-2-2010)
Kentucky Speedway to make announcement: Kentucky Speedways owner hinted Friday that a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race would be held next year at the Gallatin County track. A big press conference is planned Aug. 10 at Kentucky Speedway, said Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc. He would not go so far as to say the event would include news of a 2011 Cup race, but that it deals with all of that.
Dont try to get me to hold that press conference now, OK? Smith said. But well have a lot of things to announce when were there (about) a lot of the changes that were making. Smith expects 500 people at the news conference, including Gov. Steve Beshear and three-time NASCAR champion Darrell Waltrip. A spokeswoman for Beshear said the governors schedule for that week was not yet available. Jerry Carroll, the tracks former chairman, and a consultant for SMI, will be there. If Bruton Smith is coming all the way up here, and the governor is coming all the way up here, theyre not going to tell people bad news. So figure it from there, Carroll said.
Earlier this month, NASCAR CEO Brian France said SMI and ISC had submitted requests to NASCAR to move races in 2011. ISC wants a second Cup date for its Kansas Speedway. On Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, France said the 2011 Cup schedule would include changes and that it was within a week or two of being completed. Kentucky Speedway would be the first new venue on the Cup schedule since Chicagoland Speedway and Kansas Speedway were introduced in 2001.(Cincinnati Enquirer)(7-31-2010)
Scheduled changes, 3 tracks loses? 3 gain dates?: SPEED's Bob Dillner reported on the July 11th SPEED Report that rumors have Auto Club Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway with second race dates going to Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway and Kentucky Speedway getting a Sprint Cup race. No word how this will shake up the Sprint Cup schedule, can be figured out a few different ways. Look for Atlanta Motor Speedway to keep it's Labor Day weekend date and doubtful Las Vegas would get a summer date with the heat there.(7-13-2010)
Some 2011 schedule speculation: It appears more likely than ever the 2011 Sprint Cup slate will have a much different look than it has in recent seasons. NASCAR acknowledged both SMI and ISC have requested realignment date changes for next year, and there are reports Kentucky and a second date for Las Vegas will be part of the SMI plan, at the expense of races in New Hampshire and Atlanta, and Kansas will gain a second NASCAR weekend when Auto Club Speedway gets stripped of its February date.(CBS Sports) to see what tracks have already confirmed their dates for next year, check out my 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 'tentative' Schedule page.(7-5-2010)
Latest on Bruton moving race dates: Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Bruton Smith said Friday he plans to meet with NASCAR officials soon to discuss the Sprint Cup schedule for SMI tracks in 2011. Smith did not say whether he plans to move one New Hampshire Motor Speedway date to Kentucky Motor Speedway. "Whatever we do, we'll announce sometime in the future," Smith said. "We'll be talking to NASCAR about all these things and we need to study it carefully. We want to do whatever is best for the sport. We're in this thing together. If opportunity knocks, we want to be there to open the door." Kentucky is the only SMI track that doesn't have a Cup race, something Smith wants to change. That could mean the June race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which SMI also owns, could move. NHMS also hosts the first Chase race in September. Smith will announce Sunday that the IndyCar Series will race at NHMS next season, which could replace the June Cup date at the 1-mile oval. There also was speculation that Smith might move one Atlanta Motor Speedway date to Kentucky. "No, I've never heard that," Smith said Friday. Smith said he will meet with NASCAR president Mike Helton this weekend and plans to meet with Lesa France Kennedy soon. Kennedy is the CEO of International Speedway Corp. and the sister of NASCAR chairman Brian France. Kennedy hopes to add a second Cup date next year at Kansas Speedway, an ISC facility. "I get along very well with Lesa," Smith said. "She and I have a good rapport. I will be talking to her next week, hopefully. We don't want to put off until next year what we can do this year."(ESPN)(6-25-2010)
2011: Kansas 2nd date? Kentucky may not go Cup? No word yet on NASCAR's 2011 tour schedule. But that new second Cup weekend proposed for Kansas City, with the opening of that new casino just outside the first turn, has some stock car racing promoters wondering perhaps sweating out -- just where that Cup date will come from. With the NASCAR Cup tour already working 38 weeks a season, no one expects CEO Brian France to add a 39th week for Kansas. Rather that that new race will have to come at the expense of one of the France family's current International Speedway Corp. (ISC) tracks. ISC runs 19 Sprint Cup events at its 12 tracks: Daytona, California, Martinsville, Phoenix, Talladega, Richmond, Darlington, Michigan, Chicagoland, Watkins Glen, Kansas and Homestead-Miami. The ISC track losing a week for that second Kansas race? Michigan president Roger Curtis insists that it won't be his, that this track will continue to host two Cup events. Curtis, who took the reins here in 2006, has just cut the ribbon on a huge new array of pit road suites and infield-to-grandstand pedestrian tunnel, part of some $55 million in capital improvement projects, including a new scoreboard, new sound system, better infield drainage, and 23,000 more grandstand seats. (Here's Curtis talking about his 'infield project: http://bit.ly/c17XTV ) And Curtis says NASCAR officials want him next to start rebuilding the garage area itself, which really hasn't been greatly improved in years.
But Bruton Smith, who runs rival Speedway Motorsports (SMI), may be backing away from pushing for a Cup weekend in 2011 at his Kentucky Speedway, which hosted Saturday night's Nationwide 300 (to a less than 72,000-capacity crowd). Smith, to move a Cup date to Kentucky, would also likely have to cut a Cup weekend from one of his seven tracks [Atlanta, Bristol, Charlotte, Infineon, Las Vegas, New Hampshire and Texas] current tracks that host 12 races.(MikeMulhern.net)(6-14-2010)
No Cup race at Kentucky in 2011? Even though it appears that the Kentucky Speedway founders' antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR is coming to a close, track owner Speedway Motorsports Inc. reported that a 2011 Sprint Cup date at the track "may not be feasible" because of a variety of factors, including capital improvements necessary for the facility. SMI Chairman Bruton Smith has been adamant about moving a date to Kentucky as soon as possible. But a filing Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission noted that 2011 might be too soon, although those filings must cover all possible scenarios and can, at times, be cautious in nature. Bill Brooks, SMI's chief financial officer, said Wednesday during a conference call with financial analysts that among the factors that would dictate when realignment would occur are "particularly costs of any capital expenditure to upgrade or expand our facility at Kentucky [and] the lead time to do it." Brooks did not say what capital improvements will be necessary, but Smith has talked about expanding the grandstand capacity. Kentucky has only 69,000 seats - 30,000 fewer than New Hampshire and 32,000 fewer than Atlanta - and likely would need to increase seating for a Sprint Cup event. According to the SEC filing, other factors being considered over whether to move a race to Kentucky are the popularity and profitability of various races, alternative uses of tracks and revenues for such tracks in the event a race is moved, any existing or potential government tax incentives, changing economic conditions at the individual tracks and in the economy as a whole.(Scene Daily)(5-6-2010)
Rockets to Race Car: From better brakes and safer tires to heat-resistant paint and cleaner emissions, NASA's contributions to the racing world will be featured in the traveling exhibit: "From Rockets to Race Cars" the NASCAR weekend of April 30-May 1 at the Richmond International Raceway. Over the years, NASA has provided technology that not only helps the racing world, but also improves conditions for all drivers while helping to protect the environment. On display will be a quarter-scale NASA Benefits Race Car as well as a Wheel Exhibit, that includes a NASCAR tire, Shuttle tire, Lunar Rover tire, Lunar Tweel (a non-pneumatic tire/wheel combination) and a Spring Tire allowing fans the opportunity to see, touch and compare the wheels of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Fans will get a shot at NASA Spin the Wheel where they can win prizes if they answer NASA-related questions correctly. A "Rockets to Race Car" photo opportunity will allow visitors to have a photo taken with their own camera in which they look like they are sitting in a NASA Race Car. To find out what else NASA and NASCAR have in common, check out the exhibit at select NASCAR races through June. NASA's "From Rockets to Race Cars" will be at the following races:
* Richmond International Raceway, April 30-May 1
* Charlotte Motor Speedway, May 29-30
* Kentucky Speedway, June 11-12.(NASA)(4-29-2010)
Bruton thinks Kentucky will get race in 2011: Bruton Smith says he's confident that all the legal issues around Kentucky Speedway will be finished in time so NASCAR can award a Cup date to that track for next year. Does he know where the date will come from? He says, yes. So where? He won't say. He does offer a suggestion on how to give Las Vegas a second date but it would require taking one race away from International Speedway Corp (the track company run by the France family) and would seem doubtful because it likely would impact ISC stockholders negatively. Bruton's idea is this: "You move Home-and-stead (Homestead), that last race, to Las Vegas. That would be good for the sport. Then you take one of the events from California to Home-and-stead. Now you've got a winner. It's great for the sport. It will work. Naturally, the big winner will be Speedway Motorsports (Bruton's company), but we do things that build NASCAR. As Billy France said to me in New York (years ago), "Help me build NASCAR,' and I laughed like hell. I said, "Bill, what do you think I've been doing for the past 25 years.' That's what we've got to be doing is build NASCAR. Sometimes, it looks like we lost our way, and I don't think we have.''(Virginia Pilot)(3-6-2010)
Panel denies Kentucky Speedway suit rehearing: The appeal involving Kentucky Speedways founding owners suffered another defeat Thursday when a three-judge panel for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a petition for a rehearing. The same panel in December upheld a lower courts summary judgment ruling for NASCAR and International Speedway Corp. in the antitrust lawsuit.
The panel has further reviewed the petition for rehearing and concludes that the issues raised in the petition were fully considered upon the original submission and decision of the case, Thursdays order reads. The only remaining option for the former owners is to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision.(Cincinnati Enquirer)(2-18-2010)
Bruton Smtih may sue former Kentucky Speedway owners: Speedway Motorsports, Inc., CEO Bruton Smith [and current owner of the track] told Sirius NASCAR Radios Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody Friday that he may file a lawsuit of his own against the former owners of Kentucky Speedway. I have business interests in 24 states around this country, and I employ probably 250 lawyers in those states, said Smith. I can tell you that some of those lawyers might be busy right now investigating the possibility of filing a lawsuit or two of our own to try and get this straightened out. We fully intend on a having a Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway in 2011, and we will do what we have to do to make it happen. We will stop at nothing thats legal to fulfill the promises weve made (about bringing a Cup race to Kentucky).(Sirius Speedway)(1-8-2010)
Kentucky Speedway season tix on sale Oct 5th: Race fans can lock in their place in Kentucky Speedways big future with Speedway Motorsports, Inc., when four affordable 2010 season ticket plans are placed on sale Monday, Oct. 5. Plans start at $139 and feature fan-friendly benefits such as the right to renew the most sought after seat locations nearest the flagstand and finish line for future seasons, VIP parking, cold pit access vouchers, a discount on the purchase of additional race tickets and more. The speedway has made it easier than ever to become a season ticket member with the introduction of an optional payment plan which will allow members to extend payments to February 2010. Kentucky Speedway will bundle competitive NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights action into a two-weekend schedule filled with speedway firsts. Kentucky Speedway season ticket plans can be reserved or renewed by calling 859-578-2300 or visiting the season tickets page of www.kentuckyspeedway.com.(10-2-2009)
Kentucky not on 2010 schedule: The 2010 Sprint Cup Series schedule has not been officially released, but Speedway Motorsports Incorporated boss Bruton Smith knew the chances of getting the newly acquired Kentucky speedway a date next season were slim and none. Speaking Tuesday at the Zmax Dragway, where it was announced the state of the art drag strip would be getting a second NHRA race weekend in 2010, Smith said a Kentucky date next year was now out of the question because the former owner won't drop a lawsuit they brought against NASCAR and a court ruling will come too late. Smith said, "I think it's a dead issue. The lawsuit did not get resolved at the appellate division and we ran out of time. NASCAR now has the schedule, and if it happened tomorrow I don't see NASCAR changing the schedule to accommodate Kentucky." How disappointed is Smith? "I'd say I expected it, but, yes disappointed because it's a great speedway
it's a beautiful speedway and we're anxious to get it on." Smith assured Kentucky Speedway will be a part of the Sprint Cup schedule in the future. "Absolutely, yes, absolutely we'll be there in 2011."(PRN's Garage Pass)(8-26-2009)
Kentucky to get Cup race in 2011?: Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Bruton Smith was hoping to get Kentucky on the schedule, likely taking a date away from Atlanta, but the former owners of the speedway refuse to drop their lawsuit against NASCAR.
Until that happens, NASCAR won't consider Kentucky for a date. But otherwise, expect next year's schedule will be like this year's schedule -- except for two exceptions. If you were paying attention to Sunday's press conference in which Michigan International Speedway officials announced a reduction in ticket prices, you may have noticed a change in date for the track's first 2010 race. The date was June 13, a week earlier than normal. And there's another shift: The Dover race will move from the weekend after Memorial Day weekend to early May. These changes come because there is an extra weekend in between the Mother's Day race date at Darlington and the Memorial Day race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, and one less weekend between then and the Fourth of July weekend.
- Bruton says 2010 Cup race at Kentucky 'doubtful': UPDATE: Hours before the NASCAR Nationwide Series Meijer 300 was to go green at Kentucky Speedway, the big question to track owner Bruton Smith was whether there would be a Sprint Cup race at the track next year. Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., sounded as pessimistic that it would happen, and Smith is not known for being pessimistic. "I would like to say, 'Yes,' but I don't know," Smith said. "It's doubtful that we get it done. It would take a tremendous cooperation from NASCAR." NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston would not totally close the door on Kentucky's Cup chances for 2010, but indicated that it is doubtful. "As we've said, there can be no consideration of a Cup date for Kentucky while the litigation is pending," Poston said. "Having said that, the sanctioning process is currently under way." Once he gets a commitment to a Cup race, Smith said he would add about 50,000 seats to the track, which currently seats 69,000, as well as add additional roads to and from the facility. He would also move pit road closer to the grandstands - "You saw what I did in Vegas," Smith said.(Scene Daily)(6-14-2009)
UPDATE: Jerry Carroll, one of the five founders and former co-owners of Kentucky Speedway, expects the groups antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR will continue at least through the appeal scheduled to be heard next month. Absolutely, he said Saturday as he stood about 25 feet away from current track owner Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc. Smith and Carroll consider themselves friends, but Smith cannot convince Carroll and his partners to drop the lawsuit filed in 2005 against NASCAR and sister company International Speedway Corp. If the founders win their appeal, the case would go back to U.S. District Court for trial and, with appeals, could drag on for years.(Louisville Business Journal)(6-16-2009)
- Appeal keeping Kentucky from date: The chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., Bruton Smith, said Saturday at Lowe's Motor Speedway that the former track owners of Kentucky Speedway, won't drop an antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR. The governing body has said that has to happen before it will move a Sprint Cup race there. "I've tried every way in the world, talking to them, talking to them, to get them to drop that appeal," Smith said. "NASCAR doesn't want to sanction an event there until that appeal has gone away. I have tried everything in order to get that done. I tried to actually shame them into it. "They have a moral obligation, I believe, because the state of Kentucky spent $96 million on putting that speedway there." If NASCAR waits Smith said he would move one of his existing dates from another track to Kentucky. It has been speculated that date will be Atlanta, which has struggled to sell out its two Cup dates for several years.(ESPN)(5-24-2009)
- Former Kentucky Speedway owners not giving up lawsuit: One of the former owners of Kentucky Motor Speedway says he won't be bullied into dropping an antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR by new track owner Bruton Smith. Richard Duchossios said Thursday he's not sure why Smith has decided to go public with claims that the former owners have a "moral obligation" to race fans in Kentucky to drop the four-year-old lawsuit against NASCAR and International Speedway Corp. Duchossios and his fellow owners sold the track to Smith last year and gave Smith the option of purchasing the lawsuit. Smith declined and the case remains on appeal. Smith has asked NASCAR to give the 1.5-mile tri-oval in northern Kentucky a date on the 2010 Sprint Cup schedule, but believes the track will not receive a Cup race as long as the antitrust case remains active.(Associated Press)(5-19-2009)
- First Phase of Kentucky Speedway Enhamcements underway: Speedway Motorsports, Inc., continues to progress through an opening wave of approximately $13.5 million in Kentucky Speedway facility enhancements which will expand parking, establish infield camping, augment track access roads and enhance the overall guest experience with new entrance areas along with a new restroom/ bathhouse facility. Renovations are scheduled to be complete by the speedways June 13 Nationwide Series Meijer 300 Presented by Ritz.
Phase I highlights follow:
· The creation of level, expanded parking areas which will accommodate as many as 14,000 vehicles. The process will displace approximately 900,000 cubic yards of rock and 1.5 million cubic yards of earth.
· New ticket canopies housing 34 total entrance gates.
· Creation of new outer loop roads.
· Construction of a restroom/bathhouse facility near the main entrance.
· Creation of a boulevard entrance way to the grandstand.
· New ticket buildings, entrance gates and fencing.
· Establishment of two infield camping areas made up of more than 200 sites.
· An inner loop road to help transport fans throughout the grounds.
Future plans for the facility include the expansion of the existing concourse-level grandstands into Turns 1 and 4 and adding features such as folding seats and drink trays. Plans also include the construction of new restrooms and concession buildings; the expansion of camping options as well as the renovation of the existing infield layout. Tickets, new infield camping and special offers for all 2009 Kentucky Speedway events can be reserved online at kentuckyspeedway.com or by phone at 888-652-RACE (7223)(Kentucky Speedway PR)(5-15-2009)
- Smith calls on former track owners to drop lawsuit: The owner of Kentucky Motor Speedway called on the track's founding group to drop the antitrust lawsuit that's preventing him from adding the facility to next year's Sprint Cup Series schedule. "They have a moral obligation to their state to get out of the way," Bruton Smith said Friday. "NASCAR understands that I will bring them an event from another speedway, but these people need to get out of the way. They have an obligation to Kentucky to do that." Speedway Motorsports Inc. recently asked NASCAR to consider Kentucky for the 2010 Cup schedule, but the sanctioning body will not consider any proposals until the former owners drop their antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR and International Speedway Corp., its sister company. The 2005 suit stemmed from the group's unsuccessful bid to bring a coveted Cup race to Kentucky. The suit was dismissed in early 2008, but the case is on appeal. Smith traveled to the Kentucky Derby last weekend to urge the group to drop the appeal, but said "nothing much was accomplished" because there are two staunch holdouts. Smith identified the two holdouts as Richard Duchossios and Richard Farmer, two of the five listed principals in the original ownership group. Duchossios is the chairman at Arlington Park, a horse racing track near Chicago, while Farmer is the chairman of Cintas Corp. Because the original ownership group sold the Sparta track to Smith last year for $78.3 million, it stands to gain nothing if the track finally does get on the Cup schedule. The group spent $152 million to build the facility, which opened in 2000 and hosts an annual second-tier NASCAR Nationwide Series event. At seating for 68,000 fans, it's currently the largest venue that hosts a Nationwide race but doesn't have a Cup date. Smith said he has roughly two to three weeks to resolve the lawsuit conflict and give NASCAR a 2010 proposal for Kentucky. NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said earlier this week the sanctioning body has an approaching deadline in mind for beginning next year's scheduling process.(Associated Press)(5-9-2009)
- SMI willing to move one of its races to Kentucky: Speedway Motorsports Inc. officials say they have made an official request with NASCAR to add Kentucky to the 2010 Sprint Cup Series schedule. SMI is willing to give up a date at one of its seven other race tracks to get Kentucky on the schedule. SMI chairman Bruton Smith agreed to pay $78.3 million last year for the Sparta track. Kentucky's former ownership group filed a 2005 antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR and International Speedway Corp. over Kentucky's failure to land a Sprint Cup date. The suit was dismissed in early 2008, but the case is on appeal. NASCAR has said it will not consider Kentucky for a race until the suit is dropped. Smith says he has so far been unsuccessful in trying to persuade the group to drop the appeal.(Associated Press)(5-4-2009)
- NASCAR, no request from Kentucky for 2010 date: NASCAR has not received an official request to realign a Sprint Cup race to Kentucky Speedway, NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said today. Speedway Motosports Inc., in its annual report filed Friday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, indicated that it had asked for NASCAR to realign a Cup date to the track at the earliest possible time, and it also said it would consider all options if NASCAR denied a request. Poston, however, said in an email that no formal request has been received. NASCAR Chairman Brian France has said NASCAR would not consider a realignment request for the track until a federal antitrust lawsuit filed by Kentucky Speedways founders is resolved. SMI bought the track in December and a condition of the sale allowed the founders to continue with the case, where SMI is still considered a co-conspirator. NASCAR traditionally begins its sanctioning process for the upcoming year in April or May. Without a settlement, which is not expected, the case wont be resolved until May at the earliest and possibly much later into the year.(SceneDaily)(3-19-2009)
- Ky. House Approves Speedway Tax Incentive Bill: Lawmakers in Kentucky's House have approved legislation in an attempt to bring a NASCAR sprint cup race to Kentucky Speedway. Lawmakers voted 98-0 in favor of legislation that would offer tax incentives to Speedway Motorsports, Inc. The owner says he's planning to spend more than $70 million in upgrades to the track. The bill is now headed to Kentucky's Senate.(Kentucky Post)(3-7-2009)
- House committee approves Kentucky Speedway bill: The House budget committee voted overwhelmingly today to approve a sales tax rebate designed to lure a NASCAR Sprint Cup race to the Kentucky Speedway in Gallatin County. There was only one vote against House Bill 521, which was approved after a lengthy debate in which some legislators complained about a lack of transparency in economic- and tourism-development incentive packages. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, in whose district the speedway is located, could provide as much as $36.75 million in incentives over a 20-year period if Speedway owner Bruton Smith invests the amount he has discussed. It now goes to the full House. Smiths Speedway Motorsports Inc. would be eligible to recoup 25 percent of his state-recognized investment if the Sprint Cup series brings a race to Kentucky. The money would come from sales tax revenues generated at the speedway. The bill requires an investment of at least $30 million. Smith previously has said he plans to invest an estimated $75 million to add 50,000 seats as well as more restrooms, parking, concession stands and souvenir shops. That investment could produce $18.75 million in incentives.(Courier-Journal)(3-4-2009)
- Cup race for Kentucky in 2010 remains in doubt: A court schedule released Monday appears to be another blow for Kentucky Speedways chances of obtaining a date on the 2010 Sprint Cup calendar because the antitrust lawsuit between the track founders and NASCAR most likely wont be resolved until at least late May. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Monday released its oral argument calendar for the week of March 9, and the case was not on the docket. The earliest the Kentucky-NASCAR case can now get on the calendar is the two-week session that begins April 20. It takes at least a month, and typically longer, for the appeals court to render a decision. NASCAR officials have repeatedly said that they would not consider a request from current Kentucky Speedway owner Speedway Motorsports Inc. to realign one of its Cup dates to Kentucky as long as the case is unresolved. That means that unless the speedway founders, who sold the track to SMI in December but retained the rights to the lawsuit, opt to drop the lawsuit, the case wont be decided until late May at the earliest. NASCAR typically is well into its sanctioning process for the following year by that time. The appeals court could make a decision without a hearing, but it is not expected to do so. I wouldnt speculate as to when the court would hear the case, but I can say that a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series date will not be considered while the litigation against NASCAR, ISC, SMI and others remains, NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said in a statement Monday.(SceneDaily)(2-24-2009)
- Kentucky Gov. Beshear Announces Pursuit of Sprint Cup Series Event: Gov. Steve Beshear today voiced his support for an amendment to the Kentucky Tourism Development Act to add a new eligible category of so-called legacy expansion projects. At a Capitol news conference, Gov. Beshear and bill sponsor House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins were joined by representatives of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. to discuss the positive impact this legislation would have on the future of motorsports in Kentucky. Bruton Smith, chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., owner of Kentucky Speedway, and Jerry Carroll, consultant to Speedway Motorsports, Inc. said today that passage of this legislation would put Kentucky in position to host the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, that sanctioning bodys top racing series. The impact of a NASCAR Sprint Series Cup race for Kentucky is undeniable, Gov. Beshear said. NASCAR is the number one spectator sport in the United States and is broadcast in more than 150 countries and 30 languages. Im excited about the potential of Kentucky joining these ranks.
Under the proposed legislation, legacy expansion projects must conduct events that are in the top league, series or sanctioned level of their type of event, provide permanent seating for 65,000 spectators and be broadcast nationally. The venue must have previously been approved for incentives and the expansion project must exceed $30 million and present one or more premier events not previously held in Kentucky. "I am hopeful that this legislation will receive favorable consideration in light of the significant impact landing a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Kentucky Speedway would have on our economy, Rep. Adkins said. The governor and his staff are to be commended for pursuing this exciting opportunity for Kentucky. The legislation, which Rep. Adkins plans to file next Monday, would also expand the availability of time over which the tax credits can be taken for the original investments made and the significant expansion at the Kentucky Speedway.(Kentucky Speedway PR)(2-17-2009)
- the future of NASCAR in Kentucky announcement Tues: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will hold a news conference at 1pn on Tuesday, Feb 17th in Frankfort with Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Bruton Smith and others. An advisory distributed this morning indicated only that the news conference would address, the future of NASCAR in Kentucky. Also scheduled to attend are former Kentucky Speedway chairman Jerry Carroll, Kentucky Senate President David Williams and Kentucky House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins. Carroll said the news conference would not include an announcement about bringing a long-sought NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race to Kentucky Speedway.(Cincinnati Enquirer)(2-16-2009)
- Bruton making changes to Kentucky, expects Cup date: SMI Motorsports owner and CEO Bruton Smith, the new owner of the Kentucky Speedway, and a guest Sunday night on 700 WLW's KOI Auto Parts Racing Report from 7-9pm, told me [Seg] that he was at the track Monday and Tuesday with architects and enginers. Smith said they will move 3-4 million yards of dirt to improve parking at the Sparta track, change some roads, build a bridge and completely re-do the infield. The existing garages will be torn down and a Las Vegas Speedway type infield will take its place.(700 WLW's KOI Auto Parts Racing Report)
AND Smith still wants a Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway, but absolutely will not take one away from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, another track he owns. Where will he pull one from? Hes not saying, but speculation is Kentucky could replace the fall race at Lowes Motor Speedway.(Tom Jensen Online)
AND II Speedway Motorsports Chairman Bruton Smith said he doesnt think the former owners of Kentucky Speedway can win their antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR. Smith wants the case either settled or dropped so that he can request NASCAR realign a Sprint Cup date to that track. Currently, the case is in a U.S. appeals court in Cincinnati on whether there is enough evidence to have a trial on the antitrust claims. Last year, a U.S. District Court judge ruled there wasnt enough evidence for trial. I dont think theyll be successful on this appeal, said Smith, who bought the track in December from the former owners, who wanted to continue pursuing the lawsuit. All the lawyers that Ive talked to know they wont. But they still appealed it.(SceneDaily)(1-20-2009)
- SMI Completes Kentucky Speedway Purchase: Speedway Motorsports, Inc.(SMI) has added Kentucky Speedway to its portfolio of motorsports facilities, expanding its geographic reach into the Midwest. The completed purchase was announced today by O. Bruton Smith, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. We are extremely excited about the new opportunities this market is going to bring the company, said Smith. Since we announced this acquisition in May, we have been overwhelmed with the response of fans expressing their support and desire for a Sprint Cup event at Kentucky Speedway. We will continue to work with NASCAR to bring a Sprint Cup race to this fine facility as soon as possible. We are going to do everything we can to bring the great people of Kentucky what they want and deserve. Located on approximately 820 acres in Sparta, Ky., just south of Cincinnati, Kentucky Speedway features a 1.5-mile tri-oval speedway, with grandstand seating for approximately 66,000 spectators, 50 luxury suites with seats for approximately 2,000, private RV spaces, and reserved and unreserved camping spaces. The speedway currently plays host to a NASCAR Nationwide Series race, a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, two ARCA RE/MAX Series races and an IndyCar Series race. Tickets for Kentucky Speedways 2009 season can be reserved by calling (859) 578-2300.(Kentucky Speedway)(1-1-2009)
- SMI expected to announced Kentucky deal complete: Speedway Motorsports Inc. is expected to announce sometime Wednesday that its purchase of Kentucky Speedway is complete. The company agreed in May to buy the Sparta [KY] track from Jerry Carroll and his partners for $78.3 million, including the assumption of $63.3 million in debt, and has been targeting a late December closing. Kentucky Speedway will become the eighth track in SMIs lineup. The companys other tracks Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Lowes Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway - host a combined 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup events each year. The changeover will come as Kentucky Speedways original ownership group continues to challenge in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati the dismissal of its antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR and its sister company International Speedway Corp. All final briefs in the appeal must be filed by Jan. 28. The sale of the track is separate from the lawsuit.(Cincinnati Enquirer)(12-31-2008)
- Smith hopes to have Cup race in Kentucky by 2010: Speedway Motorsports Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith said Friday he is still hoping to have a Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway in 2010. SMI is scheduled to close on the 1.5-mile oval in December.
Smith has said NASCAR has told him that it wont even consider putting Kentucky on the Cup schedule until the antitrust lawsuit by the original track ownership group against NASCAR and sister company International Speedway Corp. is finished. Jerry Carroll, the track founder, has said he has had no intentions of dropping the suit. The lawsuit currently is in U.S. Appeals Court in Cincinnati. In January, a U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of ISC and NASCAR without the case going to trial because he ruled Kentucky Speedway's expert's theories were inadmissible. If Carroll's group wins its appeal, the case would then go to trial. Final briefs in the appeal are not due until Dec. 16. A hearing on the appeal isnt expected until January or February 2009 at the earliest. I talk to Jerry all the time, Smith said Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Hes tried like the dickens to get it [settled] but we have not been able to be successful on that. We will have a Cup race there in 2010. Smith, who is buying Kentucky Speedway for $78.3 (including the assumption of $63.3 million in debt) has not indicated which track he would move a Cup race from to Kentucky.(SceneDaily)(10-24-2008)
- SMI to Proceed with Kentucky Speedway Acquisition: Speedway Motorsports, Inc. is proceeding with the purchase of Kentucky Speedway, company officials announced today. In May 2008, Speedway Motorsports entered into an agreement to acquire Kentucky Speedway from Kentucky Speedway LLC, pending a 90-day period to conduct due diligence. The period expired Aug. 18, and the
company has decided to move forward with the acquisition, subject to satisfaction of remaining closing conditions. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year, most likely in December. NASCAR has stated it cannot allow realignment of an existing Sprint Cup Series race date until the anti-trust litigation among NASCAR, International Speedway Corporation and the current ownership of Kentucky Speedway is resolved. Although the time frame for resolution is uncertain, Speedway Motorsports will continue to work with NASCAR to schedule a Sprint Cup Series date at the facility. Located on 820 acres in Sparta, Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati, Kentucky Speedway features a 1.5-mile tri-oval speedway, with chair-back grandstand seating for 66,089 spectators, 50 luxury suites with seats for
approximately 2,000, private RV spaces, and reserved and unreserved camping spaces.(SMI PR)(8-29-2008)
- Speedway Motorsports set finalize buy Kentucky Speedway: Bruton Smith, the Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman and chief executive expects the $78 million acquisition of the Kentucky Speedway announced in May to be completed later this month. Concord-based Speedway Motorsports had a 90-day option from the time the deal was announced to make the purchase. With that deadline arriving this month, Smith says an annoucement on the completion of the deal could come within a few days. Smith, speaking at Speedways ribbon-cutting Wednesday for a $60 million drag strip in Concord, pledged to move a Sprint Cup race from one of the companys seven other tracks to Kentucky. That move could not take place before 2010. NASCAR unveiled its 2009 schedule this week and did not include a Sprint Cup date at the Kentucky track. NASCAR has never given me a date, so does that give you a hint? Smith says. They never have. He declined to discuss which race date he had in mind for the Kentucky track. The 1.5-mile track is in northern Kentucky, about midway between Louisville, Ky., and Cincinnati, Ohio. The track has 66,000 grandstand seats and 50 luxury suites and opened in 2000.(Charlotte Business Journal)(8-21-2008)
- No sale at Kentucky Speedway? Speedway Motorsports Inc. may not wind up buying Kentucky Speedway after all. SMI has until Aug. 18 to decide whether to complete the $78 million deal that includes the assumption of $63 million in debt. "I can't answer definitively whether or not we would go forward with the transaction," Bill Brooks, the company's chief financial officer, said during a conference call with financial analysts Wednesday. The track in Sparta, Ky., isn't going to be on the 2009 Sprint Cup schedule. Marcus Smith, chief operating officer and president of SMI, said the the company would consider moving a Cup date from one of its current tracks to Kentucky if the deal does close. "It's one of the potential options that we would have," Smith said.(Charlotte Observer)(8-7-2008)
- NASCAR: No Sprint Cup race at Kentucky next year: Despite the pleas of Kentucky Speedway's prospective new owner, a NASCAR official says there will be no Sprint Cup race at the track next year. NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said Saturday that the 2009 Sprint Cup series schedule won't include a stop at the 1.5-mile tri-oval located about halfway between Louisville and Cincinnati. "There will not be a NASCAR Sprint Cup series race at Kentucky on the 2009 schedule," Poston said before the Nationwide Series Meijer 300. Speedway Motorsports Inc. is in the process of purchasing the northern Kentucky track from the current ownership group led by businessman Jerry Carrol. SMI chairman Bruton Smith toured the track with Carrol on Saturday and told reporters he remained optimistic about landing a coveted Cup date next year if the current ownership group drops an antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR and International Speedway. "If the lawsuit, if the present owners see fit to change that, the chance of getting the event next year would go up greatly and I think we could get that done," Smith said. Carrol, however, said his group has no plans to drop the lawsuit. SMI could choose to move a Cup date from one of its seven NASCAR-sanctioned tracks to the speedway, an option Smith did not rule out.(ESPN.com/AP)(6-15-2008)
- France not ready to add Kentucky to Cup schedule: NASCAR isn't as anxious to put a Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway as Speedway Motorsports chairman Bruton Smith is. "It's not a market that we've said is highly desirable," NASCAR chairman Brian France said before Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. "It's well served. We'll look at things as we get down the road, but right now he doesn't own it and we've got to deal with the owners that do have it and we have Nationwide events and Truck races, so we're working on that with them right now." Smith has agreed to purchase Kentucky Speedway with the contention that he can get a Sprint Cup date for the 1.5-mile track that he went so far as to file a lawsuit against International Speedway Corporation and NASCAR to get a date. He said on Thursday he wanted a date for 2009, something NASCAR says won't happen. He has 90 days to finalize the deal. France is concerned another Cup race in the Southeast, which already hosts more than half of the schedule, will further over-saturate the market. NASCAR spent the past few years trying to alleviate that saturation, closing North Wilkesboro and North Carolina Speedway that once hosted two Cup events each and taking one date from Darlington. "The schedule is getting completed and we have no intentions right now of getting a Sprint Cup race there for 2009," he said. "That's all we can say right now. We don't have any intentions of doing that." France said Smith has not informed him of his plans, which many speculate includes buying Pocono or Dover, closing those tracks and giving the Cup dates to Kentucky and Las Vegas. "I don't know about that," France said of the speculation. "Those are speedways that have their events. They're doing fairly well. When something changes in the ownership structure we'll deal with that." There also has been speculation that Atlanta, Talladega and California are swapping dates in the fall of 2009. That would give Atlanta the Labor Day weekend race, California the Talladega weekend and Talladega the Atlanta weekend. Sources said that likely will happen. "We're working on a number of things," Smith said. "That's one of the reasons it's too late in the game for us to be looking into any other realignment options, not the least of which is that SMI doesn't own Kentucky right now. We're trying to get our schedule out earlier than we have in a while and there could be some dates that move around a little bit, not from speedway to speedway, just in scheduling. [We] might be able to work on a different weekend for one track or another that has been trying to do that for a long time."(ESPN.com)(5-27-2008)
- NASCAR: Too late to add Cup race to Kentucky: NASCAR officials said Friday not to expect a Sprint Cup Series date at Kentucky Speedway in 2009. "I don't see any scenario where there could be a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Kentucky in 2009, regardless of ownership," NASCAR communications director Ramsey Poston said.
Kentucky Speedway founder Jerry Carroll said in a phone interview Friday that he is unhappy with the decision and had contacted his attorneys to fight it. "This is what bullies do and it's been going on too long," Carroll said. "They've showed their hand again. If they want to break us and want to run us out of business, get more creative." Bruton Smith, the Speedway Motorsports Inc. owner, announced Thursday that he had purchased the Kentucky track, located halfway between Cincinnati and Louisville, with the intention of having a Cup race there next season. Poston said there had been no formal request made from Speedway Motorsports for a date. In addition, Poston said, NASCAR is well into the sanctioning process for the 2009 season and hopes to release the schedule in the near future. "We're hoping to be able to release the schedule earlier than ever so the tracks can promote their races sooner," Poston said. Though Poston chose not to comment on the matter, sources close to NASCAR said NASCAR and SMI officials held a sanction meeting Friday, and SMI didn't so much as mention Kentucky -- because they don't yet own the track, and won't formally until late summer at the earliest. "In terms of next year, after we looked through it, it's just not really an option," Poston said. According to papers filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Smith has not yet completed the speedway purchase, in which he agreed to pay $78.3 million for the track that cost $152 million to build. There is a 90-day window in which Smith can walk away from the deal.(ESPN.com/AP)(5-24-2008)
- Two SMI presidents deny tracks may lose race dates: The presidents of two Speedway Motorsports Inc. tracks firmly dismissed the notions that their facilities could lose Sprint Cup dates in order to provide Kentucky Speedway with one. New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway have been mentioned as tracks that could lose a race, but NHIS President Jerry Gappens and AMS President Ed Clark shot down the idea that SMI Chairman Bruton Smith would ever do that. In fact, both presidents said they are planning to finalize sanctioning agreements with NASCAR on Friday morning for two races each in 2009. "Bruton has not given me any, any indication at all that he's looking to change anything," Gappens said. "...I don't think this will have any impact. I think there's more to the puzzle that he's got to finish completing to do some of the things he's thinking." Clark vehemently denied that his track, which has struggled with attendance recently, would have a date moved elsewhere. "I'm tired of people bringing that up, because I get so sick of answering it, I'm about to scream," he said. "You can go ask Bruton, you can ask me there is no chance. It is not going to happen."(SceneDaily)(5-23-2008)
- NASCAR - No Guarantee of a Cup Race for Kentucky: A NASCAR spokesman said Thursday that just because Speedway Motorsports Inc. Chairman and CEO O. Bruton Smith wants a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at his newly acquired Kentucky Speedway is no guarantee hell get one in 2009 or after. Smith announced Thursday that SMI had inked a deal to purchase the speedway, which is located half an hour from Cincinnati, and he expected it would host a Cup race next year. And to think that it might in 2009, may be wishful thinking, according to NASCAR Managing Director of Corporate Communications Ramsey Poston. There are certainly some hurdles there, Poston said of Smiths hopes to get a Cup date next season. In the past, NASCAR has refused to grant Kentucky a Cup race, citing, among other factors, its proximity to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Chicago Speedway, and Talladega Superspeedway. With the Southeast and Midwest already saturated, NASCAR has said Kentucky holds little appeal for a Cup race. NASCAR traditionally announces its final schedule in mid-summer and by now is deep into negotiating sanctioning agreements with tracks for next year. If SMI wants to move a race to Kentucky next year, it must submit a plan to NASCAR saying where it would be willing to give up a race at one of its other tracks.(SPEEDtv)(5-23-2008)
- Bruton Smith/SMI buys Kentucky Speedway UPDATE 2: The future of Kentucky Speedway is expected to be addressed during a major announcement scheduled for Thursday afternoon in Concord, N.C. Sources close to the speedway confirmed to the Enquirer tonight [May 21st] that Kentucky Speedway officials have been in talks with Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman and chief executive officer O. Bruton Smith about selling or partnering with the Sparta track owned by Jerry Carroll and his partners.
A spokesman with Lowes Motor Speedway, one of the seven tracks owned by SMI that hosts NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, indicated only that Thursday's announcement would be of interest. The exact nature of the announcement is not immediately known, but it could include selling all or part of the speedway or partnering with Smith to bring a Sprint Cup race to the 1.5-mile track. Smith will make the announcement at 3pm/et Thursday in the media center at Lowes Motor Speedway. Carroll was unavailable for comment Wednesday. News of a potential deal with SMI comes at the same time lawyers representing Kentucky Speedway continue to fight in 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals the early January decision by a U.S. District Court judge to dismiss the tracks antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR and International Speedway Corp.(Cinncinati Enquirer)(5-22-2008)
UPDATE: The Kentucky Speedway in Sparta is being sold to one of professional auto racing's biggest operators. Speedway Motorsports Inc. of Charlotte, N.C., and its founder and chairman Bruton Smith will announce at 3 p.m. that it is purchasing the speedway in a deal that is expected to close in October. Terms will not be announced but Kentucky Speedway Chairman and developer Jerry Carroll confirmed this morning that Smith plans to invest $50 million in the speedway and bring a coveted NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race to the Gallatin County track as early as 2009. "He wouldn't be buying the track if he wasn't going to bring a Sprint Cut race here," said Carroll as he rode to the airport to take a charter flight to North Carolina for the announcement. Speculation is that Smith will move a Sprint Cup race from tracks he operates in Atlanta or New Hampshire. Track employees were informed of the sale during a 30-minute staff meeting held this morning at the tracks business offices in Fort Mitchell. The message from Carroll, track president Mark Simendinger and executive vice president and General Manager Mark Cassis was to continue operating as usual. The speedway employs about 30 people.(NKY.com)(5-22-2008)
UPDATE 2: Speedway Motorsports has agreed to purchase Kentucky Speedway from Kentucky Speedway, LLC. The agreement was announced today by O. Bruton Smith, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2008. Kentucky Speedway, which opened in 2000, hosts one NASCAR Nationwide Series event, one NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event, one IndyCar Series event and other racing events each year. The speedway is located in Sparta, Ky., approximately one-half hour south of Cincinnati, Ohio. The speedway is easily accessible via modern highways. Located on approximately 820 acres, Kentucky Speedway features a 1.5-mile tri-oval speedway, with chair-back grandstand seating for 66,089 spectators, 50 luxury suites with seats for approximately 2,000,
100 private RV spaces, 200 reserved camping spaces and 1,000 unreserved camping spaces. Kentucky Speedway regularly hosts near capacity crowds for its Nationwide Series events. Smith added that he has offered Jerry Carroll, who was instrumental in the development of Kentucky Speedway, the opportunity to remain involved in its future operations.(SMI PR), no word on a Cup race or the lawsuit against NASCAR.(5-22-2008)
- Water closes Kentucky Speedway: Soggy conditions below ground, however, left Kentucky Speedway track workers dealing with water seeping onto portions of the 1.5-mile track that led to the cancellation Tuesday of a scheduled ARCA RE/MAX Series test session. Track officials reacted swiftly and announced that the track will be closed to any on-track testing for at least the next two weeks. "We want to make sure it's safe for the race car drivers and the teams," Kentucky Speedway spokesman Tim Bray said. "We're taking a proactive approach to it. We have everybody's interests in mind. The track is fine. There's just been so much water that we just need to make sure that what's under the track is dried out." The snow and rain that have flooded parts of the region since February is being blamed. Track workers spent several hours Tuesday trying to dry the surface and concentrated their efforts on problem spots in Turns 3 and 4. Thirteen ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers were at the track Tuesday. The speedway will open its 2008 season with the ARCA RE/MAX Series May 10. "The test session will not be rescheduled, based on our schedule, what we're looking at ahead here," ARCA RE/MAX Series spokesman Don Radebaugh said. The temporary shutdown comes as nine Sprint Cup teams were scheduled to spend today [Wednesday] testing their cars at the speedway. Joe Gibbs Racing, Penske Racing, Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Gillett Evernham Motorsports, which tried to test last week at the track but could not because of the seepage, were among those scheduled. "We're monitoring it and want to make sure we're ready when the bell rings," Bray said. "Today was just unfortunate. It's not a huge deal because we're aware of it, and we are taking every step to make sure it's ready to go when we go racing."(Cincinnati Enquirer)(4-16-2008)
- Kentucky Speedway Single-Event Tix on sale: Kentucky Speedway placed single-race and Fanfest tickets for its six-weekend 2008 season on sale Monday, Jan. 7. The 66,098-seat facility's season begins May 10 and concludes Sept. 20. Event tickets will range from $20 to $80 depending on event and seat location. Single-event tickets can be reserved online through the "Tickets" pages of www.kentuckyspeedway.com, at speedway ticket offices located at 400 Buttermilk Pike, Suite 100, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., near Montgomery Inn
and the Sparta, Ky., Fan Center located off of I-71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 N, by phone at 888-652-RACE (7223) and through Meijer stores. Season ticket plans for the venue's ninth season are on sale now and range from $165 to $255. Plans can be reserved online through the tickets pages of this Web site, by dialing 859-578-2300 and pressing "2," or through both track ticket offices.(Kentucky Speedway PR)(1-9-2008)
- Kentucky: no talks about buying NHIS: Kentucky Speedway co-owner Jerry Carroll visited New Hampshire International Speedway with other track officials and local basketball legend Oscar Robertson on Sunday. Attending the Nextel Cup Series race, Carroll said, was unrelated to his interest in buying the track from its longtime owner, Bob Bahre. "There were no, absolutely no talks about buying the track," said Carroll, who offered to buy the New Hampshire track last year. "I think Bob Bahre knows we have an interest. Our agreement is when the time comes, he can give me a call." Purchasing a track with a Nextel Cup date and moving a race to the Kentucky Speedway is one option Carroll has considered to get NASCAR's top division to the 1.5-mile track in Sparta [KY]. The speedway's federal antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR and International Speedway Corp., filed in 2005, remains headed toward a March trial date. Buying another track would not change Carroll's opinion about the lawsuit. "Absolutely not," he said. "The lawsuit's not so much about getting a race. The lawsuit's about an even playing field." The five-person contingent that visited New Hampshire International Speedway on Sunday included Mark Cassis, the Kentucky Speedway's executive vice president and general manager. The group flew to Concord, N.H., in a chartered jet and from there took Bahre's helicopter over to the Loudon, N.H., track.(Cincinnati Enquirer)(9-20-2007)
- Kentucky Speedway looking at buying Loudon track, move Cup race: Kentucky Speedway officials are interested in buying New Hampshire International Speedway and moving one of the track's two Nextel Cup dates to the Bluegrass state. Jerry Carroll, the chairman of Kentucky Speedway, visited with NHIS owner Bob Bahre during Sunday's race. Carroll isn't Bahre's only option. John Henry, the owner of the Boston Red Sox and part-owner of Roush Fenway Racing, has had discussions with the 80-year-old track owner. "The way he's talking he's probably interested in doing something," Carroll said. Carroll believes Kentucky deserves a Nextel Cup event, reminding the sold-out crowd of 70,000 for the track's last Busch Series event was as many as the Labor Day Weekend Cup race at California Speedway. ESPN.com)(9-17-2007)
- Kentucky Cup race? Vegas 2nd race? NASCAR executives may be ready to settle one of those thorny legal situations they face, according to sources who say that a settlement with Kentucky Speedway could be coming by adding the 11/2-mile track south of Cincinnati to the Nextel Cup tour next season. And there is also an unconfirmed report that NASCAR could be looking at adding a second Nextel Cup event at Bruton Smiths Las Vegas track for next season.(Winston Salem Journal), so what tracks lose a date?(6-23-2007)
- Kentucky Speedway Yearns to Host Nextel Cup Race: The expansion plans are at the ready, filed away in some desk drawer waiting for the day Kentucky Speedway finally lands the NASCAR Nextel Cup race its owners have been chasing for nearly a decade.
The optimist in Speedway general manager Mark Cassis believes one day the plans to add 35,000 seats to the grandstand and 50 more luxury suites will be unveiled. And listening to him talk about the overwhelming response to the NASCAR Busch Series event at the track - more than 70,000 packed the grandstand for Saturday's Meijer 300 - it's hard not to share his enthusiasm or notice the gleam in his eye when he talks about seeing Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and company roar to the start-finish line. "We're going to get there," Cassis said. "We need to get there." The "majors," however, seem to have no interest in adding a date at the Speedway to its schedule, a decision that led the track to file a lawsuit two years ago against NASCAR and International Speedway Corp. The lawsuit alleges the companies violated federal antitrust laws by illegally restricting the awarding of Cup races. The suit continues to be mired in federal court - the next scheduled court appearance is March 2008 - with no end in sight, forcing the Speedway to find different ways to make up the revenue it would normally get from the windfall of hosting a Nextel Cup event. The track is dabbling in a little bit of everything. The Indy Racing League, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and ARCA all have races at the track. Five different race driving schools take up 100 days a year. Ford rents the track every Tuesday for race testing. There are large concerts planned sporadically throughout the year as well.
The track's location doesn't help. There are four tracks - Indianapolis, Bristol, Michigan and Chicago - within a reasonable drive. NASCAR has built its brand in the last decade by expanding beyond its southern roots. Putting a race in Kentucky would seem to go against that trend, though Cassis said he doesn't feel the market is oversaturated.(Associated Press)(6-21-2007)
- Group wants NASCAR to sever ties with Kentucky Speedway: Union organizers crisscrossed the state line Thursday getting signatures on a petition that seeks to keep the status quo with regard to the assignment of NASCAR race dates. The group wants NASCAR to sever its ties with Kentucky Speedway and uniform company Cintas. Volunteers told fans who turned out along Bristols State Street for Family Race Night that a lawsuit filed by Kentucky Speedway against NASCAR could force the race-sanctioning body to take race dates away from smaller tracks. The Kentucky track, owned in part by Cintas Chairman Richard Farmer, accuses NASCAR of antitrust violations because of the way the organization assigns race dates to tracks. The speedway in Sparta, Ky., opened in 2000 but has been unable to secure a Nextel Cup race date. If the lawsuit succeeds, tracks would have to compete for race dates, and the highest bidders would get the races, petition organizers said. The volunteers working the crowd didnt tell those who signed the petition that the textile and hotel workers union Unite-Here! backed the petition drive. The union has a long-running dispute with Cintas over efforts to unionize Cintass work force. The union accuses Cintas of using intimidation to quash any moves toward unionization. Chris Rook, the organizer of the petition volunteers, said Unite-Here! would be interested in Kentucky Speedways lawsuit even if the track werent connected to Cintas. The union has collected 25,000 signatures at tracks across the country, and volunteers seemed to have little trouble attracting interest on State Street.(Bristol Herald Courier)(8-25-2006)
- Kentucky to in SAFER Walls on interior backstretch wall: Kentucky Speedway will install 56 feet of the SAFER Barrier System across a section of its interior backstretch retaining wall prior to its third 2006 race weekend that will feature the ARCA Series "Kentucky 150" and Truck Series "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" races July 7-8. Two sections of system will close an opening in the interior wall previously used as infield access point for speedway Fire and Safety Team (F.A.S.T.)
vehicles. The installation is being made on the recommendation of Dr. Dean Sicking of the University of Nebraska Roadside Safety Facility following a June 17 incident in which the #34 Busch Series car driven by Jeff Fuller suffered heavy damage after sliding into a rounded inside portion of concrete retaining wall on the left side of the opening. Fuller was attempting to avoid a spinning racecar coming off of Turn 2. The 48-year-old transported to a local hospital where he was diagnosed with a broken wrist and finger before being released June 18. Kentucky Speedway invested $1,000,000 to install SAFER Barrier System inside the concrete retaining wall that spans Turns 1 through 2 and Turns 3 through 4 in 2005. The system is designed to minimize injuries under race conditions. Tickets for the Kentucky Speedway's third of four 2006 race weekends are on sale now and can be reserved by phone at 888-652-RACE (7223), online at kentuckyspeedway.com.(Kentucky Speedway PR)(6-27-2006)
- NHIS 1st race July 1st in 2007 UPDATE other sched changes?: many New Hampshire International Speedway ticket holders got their renewals for the first NHIS 2007 race, and the date is July 1st, the race is usually the third weekend in July. With the 4th of July on a Wednesday in 2007, the Pepsi 400 is scheduled to run on July 7, 2007. No word on the NHIS race date in September 2007.(6-16-2006)
UPDATE On the schedule front, there are indications that next year's Cup slate will have a different look to it. New Hampshire's first race will be moved up two weeks to July 1st and rumors in the garage have a second Las vegas race and a possible Kentucky Speedway date showing up on the calendar.(RacingOne)(6-20-2006)
- Kentucky Speedway withdraws request for other tracks papers: Kentucky Speedway has withdrawn a motion asking for permission to subpoena other track owners in its anti-trust lawsuit against NASCAR and International Speedway Corp. The track had hoped to subpoena Speedway Motorsports Inc. and other track operators to ask for documents relating to their sanctioning agreements and other dealings with NASCAR. Kentucky Speedway had to request the court's permission for it to travel more than 100 miles to subpoena companies not involved in the complaint. SMI and Dover Motorsports had filed objections to the request and likely would have filed more motions objecting to the broad nature of the subpoenas. In its withdrawal of its request, Kentucky Speedway asserted that it believes it had valid reasons to issue such subpoenas but was dropping its request "to avoid any undue delay in the discovery process and to resolve the dispute over third-party document subpoenas extra-judicially."(SceneDaily.com)(6-2-2006)
- Kentucky Speedway wants all tracks' records: In trying to prove that NASCAR and International Speedway Corp. illegally work together to keep Nextel Cup events at ISC tracks, Kentucky Speedway is asking for lots of sensitive financial and business records. That was to be expected as far as NASCAR and ISC were concerned. But now virtually every track that has a national NASCAR race will be asked to give up its records, too. Kentucky Speedway has asked a U.S. District Court judge in Kentucky to allow it to serve subpoenas to request information from companies that are not parties in the lawsuit. Those parties include Speedway Motorsports Inc., Dover Motorsports, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway, the Milwaukee Mile and New Hampshire International Speedway. Among the documents Kentucky will ask from SMI, which has 11 Nextel Cup events at its tracks, will be for all documents and depositions from the Ferko v. NASCAR anti-trust case that was settled out of court in 2004. Ferko was an SMI shareholder. The proposed subpoena - filed as an exhibit to the motion to allow Kentucky to subpoena companies that aren't parties to the case - also asks for SMI to produce sanctioning agreements, ticket sales information, advertising revenue, safety records and documents relating to any attempt to purchase another racetrack. The subpoenas have not been served, and it is expected that once they are served, the tracks will challenge how much information they will have to provide. Disagreements and arguments over the production of documents are typical in cases such as this. Kentucky Speedway alleges that ISC and NASCAR work together to keep non-ISC tracks from obtaining Nextel Cup events and is asking for it to be awarded a Cup date as well as having a standard set for the allocation of Cup dates. NASCAR is a private company owned by the France family. ISC, which promotes many NASCAR-sanctioned races including 20 of the 38 Cup events, is a public company in which a majority of stock is owned by the France family. NASCAR and ISC deny Kentucky Speedway's claims. The case won't go to trial until at least summer 2007.(SceneDaily.com)(5-5-2006)
- ISC to buy Kentucky? Kentucky Speedway's lawsuit against International Speedway Corp. could lead eventually to a possible sale of the $150-million Cincinnati-area track to the ISC, according to some knowledgeable figures in the NASCAR garage. The track, which seats 66,000, has sold out Busch series races since it opened in 2000. However, the location of the track - in a rural setting 45 minutes from downtown Cincinnati, and just a little over two hours from Indianapolis Motor Speedway - works against it.(Winston Salem Journal)(7-17-2005)
- Kentucky still looking for Cup date, wants to run independant event: Attempts by Kentucky Speedway officials to secure a NASCAR Nextel Cup continue. "I think it's time for us to really make a forward push and try to do everything we can," track founder and owner Jerry Carroll said. "There are certain times in business when you have to call for the order. It's time for us to call for the order." To help convince NASCAR that the facility and the market can support a Nextel Cup race, track officials have thought about putting on an event independent of NASCAR with a big enough purse to lure Nextel Cup competitors to the speedway on one of their off weekends. "Do we do an independent race? Take one of those (off) dates and set up a purse?" Carroll said. "What's wrong with that? Put up a nice purse. You've got some guys that say, 'There's too much driving right now.' If you put up a big purse and they don't want to drive in it, don't come." Carroll insisted the idea is not about starting a league or sanctioning body separate of NASCAR. "There are just situations when you think you've got something to prove and you want to be competitive, that you've got to look at all of your alternatives," Carroll said. "We have a great respect for NASCAR. We've kept our nose clean. We've done all the right things. ... We're just complaining that we don't have the (Nextel Cup) race. That's all." A NASCAR spokesman reiterated the sanctioning body's status regarding the track's chances of landing a Nextel Cup event. "Nothing has changed," said Herb Branham, NASCAR manager of communications.(Cincinnati Enquirer)(6-21-2005)
- Kentucky looking to buy a Cup date; not selling: Frustrated by NASCARs refusal to award their 5-year-old, $170 million Kentucky Speedway track a Nextel Cup race, Jerry Carroll says the tracks owners will go on the offensive to land one of the coveted dates. Last week he told the Louisville Courier-Journal that one option is to purchase a track that currently has two Nextel Cup races and moving one of the events to the Sparta, Ky., raceway. Among the possible targets are Martinsville (Va.) Speedway [ISC to sell? I think they's move it to one of their tracks first...like Homestead or save it to move to the Northwest of NYC], Pocono Raceway [owner says he is not selling] and Dover International Speedway. The latter two have local connections. Pocono is owned by Dr. Joseph Mattioli, father of Music City Motorplex President Joe Mattioli. Dover Downs is the parent company of Nashville Superspeedway. Carroll denied reports that Kentucky Speedway is for sale. Similar rumors have swirled about Nashville Superspeedway, which also appears to be shut out of Nextel Cup. I hate the word try, Carroll told the Courier-Journal. You either do it or you dont do it. And over the next 30, 40, 50 days, the owners of this track are going to get together and just figure out a way to get it done. Kentucky Speedways ownership group includes Outback Steakhouse founder Chris Sullivan, Cintas Corporation chairman Dick Farmer, Churchill Downs majority owner Dick Duchossois and John Lindahl, owner of Nashville-based State Industries.(Nashville City Paper)(6-2-2005)
- Kentucky Speedway up for sale? After five years of successful operation, but no Nextel Cup race date, the Kentucky Speedway's owners might sell the $170 million facility, acquire another track or merge to get one of the big-league NASCAR races.
"Our ownership group is getting concerned," said Mark Cassis, the speedway's executive vice president and general manager. "When you're dealing with guys like (Cintas Corp. Chairman) Dick Farmer and (Churchill Downs owner) Dick Duchossois, they don't get mad. They fix it." The partners might be able to sell the racetrack for about $150 million, but that's only if the Kentucky Speedway already had a Nextel Cup race, said Dennis McAlpine, managing director of McAlpine Associates in Scarsdale, N.Y., an independent research company that follows the motorsports industry. Without the cup race, McAlpine said he doubts the owners could get even $50 million. And McAlpine predicted a Nextel Cup race will be nearly impossible for the speedway to secure because International Speedway Corp., the public company that dominates the industry, is preserving two smaller races in hopes of moving them to planned racetracks in Seattle and New York City. Cassis said all options are on the table for the speedway, the 70,000-seat racetrack in Sparta, Ky., championed by local developer Jerry Carroll. To reproduce what Carroll and his partners have built there -- including the land, facility, roads and infrastructure -- would cost more than $350 million, Cassis estimated. The Kentucky Speedway remains the largest track in the country [actually Texas World Speedway is larger, used for driving schools] without a Nextel Cup race date, and Cassis said Carroll and his high-powered business partners have decided to step up efforts to change that. The partners -- Carroll, Farmer, Duchossois, Tennessee businessman John Lindahl and Outback Steakhouse, represented by founder Chris Sullivan -- meet more regularly now, Cassis said. Where they once figured success at the speedway would be enough to get a coveted race date, they no longer believe that, he said.(Business Courier)(5-17-2005)
- Kentucky to install SAFER: Kentucky Speedway will invest $1,000,000 to install the second generation of the Steel And Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) Barrier System inside the concrete retaining wall that spans Turns 1 through 2 and Turns 3 through 4 of the 1.5-mile tri-oval track at the facility. The system is designed to minimize injuries under race conditions. The speedway chose to install the system following a thorough analysis of all on-track incidents throughout the five-year history of the 66,089-seat facility. Installation will begin after the season-opening ARCA RE/MAX Series "Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati 150" race on May 14 and will be
complete before the June 18 NASCAR Busch Series "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" event. Installation will take place at night and will not interrupt frequent race team testing at the speedway. The second generation of the system differs from the original version
by utilizing: - New steel tubes which help the system react to and recover from impact more quickly than before; - Slightly curved barrier sections to provide a smoother impact surface; A five-tube exterior to replace the previous four-tube design; - A universal polystyrene shape that is more compatible with stock and open-wheel cars; - Improved anchors to attach the barrier to the retaining wall. . The Kentucky Speedway project will require an estimated 241.5 tons of steel tubing, 161 welded panels weighing 3,000 pounds each, 805 custom polystyrene blocks and 322 straps. Elrod Corp., of Mooresville, Ind., will manufacture the barrier.(Kentucky Speedway)(4-22-2005)
- ISC to buy Kentucky? International Speedway Corp. would like to buy Kentucky Speedway, according to NASCAR sources. Now that the Texas antitrust lawsuit has been settled, ISC is ready to start dealing for new tracks, and the Cincinnati-area track is at the top of the list. The Kentucky track has two major issues: poor highway access and limited asphalt parking. When it rains, parking is atrocious. And ISC would have to double the number of seats in the grandstands to 80,000.(Winston Salem Journal)(6-5-2004)
- Kentucky Tix - Print on Demand: Kentucky Speedway has introduced the Tickets.com Tickets@Home print-on-demand feature which allows guests to conveniently print event tickets from their home or business computers. Kentucky Speedway is the first motorsports facility in the country to implement the feature. Tickets@Home is an extension of the Tickets.com Access Control System
introduced at the speedway in 2003 through bar-coded event tickets and hand-held admission scanners. Speedway guests can take advantage of the new ticket feature when purchasing tickets through www.kentuckyspeedway.com or www.tickets.com. Guests receive a bar-coded event ticket on paper which can be presented for admission to speedway events. Racing continues at the speedway June 18-19 when the NASCAR Busch Series visits for The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo. Friday night is Insight Communications Pole Night and features NASCAR Busch Series qualifying and a NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southeast Series race. On Saturday, country artist Tracy Byrd will perform before the The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo, the Outback Steakhouse Bloomin Onion Airship will visit and prerace festivities will include an F-18 Fighter Jet flyover. Event tickets are on sale now and can be purchased in four easy ways:
·By phone at 888-652-RACE
·On the World Wide Web at www.kentuckyspeedway.com and www.tickets.com
·In person at the speedway ticket offices in Ft. Mitchell at 2216 Dixie Hwy. Ste. 200, and the Kentucky Speedway Fan Center off Hwy. 35 in Sparta, Ky.
·Through Tickets.com outlets including all Meijer stores.(Kentucky Speedway PR)(6-3-2004)
- Kentucky Appoints Medical Director: University of Kentucky (UK) Hospital and Kentucky Speedway announce that Dr. Troy Rock has been appointed speedway medical director. Rock replaces former director Dr. Steve Stapczynski, who is leaving UK for Phoenix, Ariz. Dr. Rock will oversee the UK Hospital's Kentucky Speedway staff during all race events and work closely with the Kentucky Speedway Fire and Safety Team, directed by Charles Williams. The UK Hospital has been the "Official Medical Services Provider of Kentucky Speedway" since the $152-million facility opened in 2000. In August of 2003, the partnership was extended through 2005. UK provides air medical services and emergency care to assist race competitors, pit crews and fans should a medical emergency arise during an event. On site coverage includes emergency physicians, nurses and technicians as well as a fully equipped Bell 230 helicopter with an experienced flight nurse and paramedic team. Tickets for all 2004 Kentucky Speedway events are on sale now for more info go to their website at www.kentuckyspeedway.com.(5-16-2004)
- More on the future schedule; Nashville and Kentucky maybe? Speculation about NASCAR's 2005 and 2006 Nextel tour schedules continues, and NASCAR executives are now trying to cool prospects of an expansion beyond a 36-race Cup tour. But it appears that Daytona officials are planning to add new tracks to the tour by cutting some current tracks back to a single event. The two tracks being closely watched now are Nashville and Kentucky, which have held Busch races for several years. Among reasons for holding off on any expansion - sponsors might be unwilling to spend any more money on extra races, at least not until TV ratings start going back up. Plus, TV said it's not able to sell enough ads to make money on the current package of 36 Cup races and two special events. While Fox may be comfortable with its half of the tour (Phoenix and Kansas would likely be the only two new stops), the second half of the schedule is more problematic, particularly with NASCAR reportedly wooing ABC-ESPN for part of that schedule, depending on what NBC does.(Winston Salem Journal)(4-25-2004)
- Not looking good for a Cup race at Kentucky: A new Coca-Cola promotion will soon pair the Kentucky Speedway's logo with some of NASCAR's top drivers. But racing industry experts question whether the Sparta track will ever land the coveted Nextel cup race it would need to bring all those drivers to town. That's because to become a national sport, NASCAR must make location its most important consideration when deciding where to locate cup races, said Joe Hovorka, senior vice president of equity research at Raymond James & Associates in Atlanta. From a television broadcasting perspective, the holes are in New York and the Pacific Northwest, he said, not the Midwest.(full article at the Cincinnati Business Courier)(4-12-2004)
- Congrats - Nuptials, not NASCAR, at Kentucky Speedway: Lori Howell and Jack Petty, both of Burlington, started their engines together as a married couple Saturday at the Kentucky Speedway. The second wedding at the track, the Pettys nuptials took place in the Winner's Circle in the center of the speedway. "I love the smell of the fuels. I love the sound of the racing engines," said the new Mrs. Petty, 36. "We live it everyday." While not directly related to the legendary racing Petty family, the couple enjoy car racing. The idea of the themed wedding came up after Howell visited the track to see her favorite driver, Jimmy Johnson, practice. Lori ran into Pam Mylor, an employee at the speedway, who told her the track hosted another wedding on Valentine's Day 2003. "It's something that people get involved with. It's in their blood," said Mylor, the track tour and banquet coordinator for corporate and social events. The Pettys' wedding came complete with checkered flags and car-shaped chocolates on tables in Bluegrass Hall, behind the Winner's Circle where the couple held their reception. The colors: blue and yellow. They match the Speedway and are Johnson's signature colors, Howell said. The bridesmaids wore Kentucky blue dresses while the groomsmen sported the same shade in their vests. The bride and bridesmaids' and centerpiece flowers followed the same two-color pattern. Lori wore a white chiffon gown and veil. Stephen Hoffman, who presided over the ceremony, has married couples on planes and trains and has presided over Star Trek weddings. He said weddings should be tailored to the bride's and groom's personalities. The non-denominational wedding before about 100 guests lasted about 30 minutes. With Hoffman's "Gentlemen, start your engines," the men revealed bottles of club soda, shook them and sprayed them on the newlyweds - a Winner's Circle tradition.(Cincinnati Enquirer)(4-5-2004)
- Kentucky struggling? Kentucky Motor Speedway, which launched the careers of Darrell and Michael Waltrip, Jeff and David Green and Jeremy Mayfield, is reportedly on hard times. The 3,000-seat track, located in Whitesville, Ky., near Owensboro, is scheduled to begin its 41st season on April 24.(Tennessean)(3-3-2004)
- NFL Coach Named Grand Marshal at Kentucky for Busch Race: Kentucky Speedway announced that Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis will serve as grand marshal of The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo NASCAR Busch Series event on June 19. Lewis will preside over pre-race festivities that include a concert with country music entertainer Tracy Byrd, participate in driver introductions and deliver the start engines command to the 43-car field. The 300-mile race is expected to attract a fourth consecutive sellout crowd to the $152-million motorsports facility. Kentucky Speedway season and single-event tickets are on sale now. Season tickets can be reserved online at www. kentuckyspeedway.com or by phone at 859-578-2300. Single-event tickets are available online at www.kentuckyspeedway.com or www.tickets.com and by phone at 888-652-RACE. Tickets also are available through Tickets.com outlets including Meijer stores and the speedway ticket offices located at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Ste. 200, Ft. Mitchell, Ky., and in Sparta, Ky., in the Turn 3 Fan Center. (Kentucky Speedway PR)(1-25-2004)
- Green and Edwards to help Kentucky: David Green and Carl Edwards will help open the first day of Kentucky Speedway single-event ticket sales on Jan. 5, 2004 by greeting fans at Meijer locations in Louisville, Ky., and Greater Cincinnati [OH].
Green will meet Louisville fans at the Preston Hwy Meijer store from 3:00pm to 5:00pm and Edwards will greet Greater Cincinnati fans at the Meijer location on Houston Rd. in Florence, Ky also from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Both locations are Tickets.com outlets and feature Kentucky Speedway event tickets. Kentucky Speedway season tickets are on sale now and can be reserved online at www.kentuckyspeedway.com and www.tickets.com, or by phone at 859-578-2300. Single-event ticket sales begin Monday, Jan. 5, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. Single-event tickets will be available online at www.kentuckyspeedway.com and www.tickets.com and by phone at 888-652-RACE beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Jan. 5. Tickets also will be available through Tickets.com outlets including select Meijer stores and the speedway ticket offices located at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Ste. 200, Ft. Mitchell, Ky., and in Sparta, Ky., in the Turn 3 Fan Center.(Kentucky Speedway PR)(12-29-2003)
- Kentucky Speedway Launches new website, get tix online: Kentucky Speedway began the celebration of its fifth anniversary season by launching a new Web site design at
www.kentuckyspeedway.com. The new home page loads faster than the previous design and new features enable visitors to purchase season tickets and pole event vouchers online, see grandstand views of the speedways 1.5-mile tri-oval, listen to interviews with 2003 race and pole winning drivers and target information quickly through streamlined, repositioned navigation tools. The site also features an improved Fan Zone page complete with computer screen savers and wallpaper as well as camping information. The speedway also added complete reviews of its race events on the sites Race Recap pages. The new design was developed in conjunction with Agency Technologies, Inc., (ATi) of Blue Ash, Ohio. It is the third time the speedway has worked with the technology solutions provider to expand its Web presence. Kentucky Speedway season tickets are on sale now and can be reserved online at www.kentuckyspeedway.com or www.tickets.com and by phone at 859-578-2300. Single-event ticket sales begin Monday, Jan. 5, 2004. Fans can purchase single-event tickets online at www.kentuckyspeedway.com or www.tickets.com and by phone at 1-888-652-RACE. Tickets also are available through Tickets.com outlets including Meijer stores and the speedway ticket offices located at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Ste. 200, Ft. Mitchell, Ky., and the Turn 3 Fan Center in Sparta, Ky.(Kentucky Speedway PR)(12-1-2003)
- Not Looking Good for Kentucky Cup race: Kentucky Speedway owner Jerry Carroll's chances of bringing Winston Cup racing to Sparta, Ky., do not look good today, two days before the Meijer 300 Busch Series. NASCAR officials have scheduled a 1:00pm/et Friday press conference at Michigan International Speedway, where they are expected to reveal changes to the 2004 Winston Cup schedule that will not include the local track. Still, that is not necessarily bad news, said Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Cassis. "What we're seeing from NASCAR is that they are looking at new markets outside of the Southeast," Cassis said. "It shows that there is going to be some movement to bigger markets. What would be worse would be no change and no growth. This is a good sign for us. It shows that NASCAR is looking at ratings and looking at the bigger markets." Although NASCAR is not expected to announce the entire 2004 schedule, NASCAR spokesman Herb Branham said it is unlikely Kentucky Speedway will be included.(Cincinnati Post)(6-12-2003)
- Record Purse for Kentucky: Kentucky Speedway announced today that drivers in the 43-car "The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" Busch Series field will compete for a track record purse of $1,247,798 on Saturday, June 14. The purse and winner's check of $84,750 for the Busch Series event are expected to attract more than 50 potential qualifiers for the second straight year. The race will be televised live on the FX Network and the green flag will drop at 8:00pm. Kentucky Speedway's Busch Series winner's payout ranks first among stand-alone races on the circuit and third overall among the 14 series races completed this season behind Daytona ($96,825) and Las Vegas ($86,575), both of which are companion events with The NASCAR Winston Cup Series. The Kentucky Speedway purse ranks second among stand-alone NASCAR Busch Series races behind Gateway International Speedway ($1,270,992) and sixth overall behind Daytona ($2,000,387), Las Vegas ($1,356,617), California Speedway ($1,356,055), Texas Motor Speedway ($1,284,492) and Gateway. In each of the past two seasons, the NASCAR Busch Series and the 66,089-seat facility have set regional stand-alone sports event attendance records by generating standing-room-only crowds of more than 70,000. Kentucky speedway is on pace to entertain its third consecutive standing-room-only crowd for its NASCAR Busch Series event. Tickets for "The Meijer 300, Presented by Oreo" and all events at Kentucky Speedway are on sale now.(Kentucky Speedway PR)(6-4-2003)
- Grand Marshal at Kentucky: United States Air Force Four-Star Gen. Lester L. Lyles, Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will be the grand marshal of the Busch Series "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" event on June 14, 2003 at Kentucky Speedway. The race is expected to be the largest attended sporting event in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for the third straight year. The has drawn crowds that have exceeded the 66,089-seat capacity at Kentucky Speedway in both 2002 and 2001. The green flag is set to drop at 8:00pm and the race will be televised live nationally on the FX Network. There will be a pre-race concert and National Anthem by country entertainer Mark Wills, a pre-race ceremony celebrating the history of flight, and a post-race fireworks extravaganza. Tickets for 2003 Kentucky Speedway race events are on sale now.(Kentucky Speedway PR)(5-31-2003)
- Smith looking to buy Dover? Kentucky? The hot story behind the scenes [at Lowe's on Friday] was Bruton Smith's surprising new war chest of $230 million, after last week's unexpected sale of new issues of Speedway Motorsports Inc. stock. Wall Street analysts say the head of SMI may use that cash to make a 'sizeable acquisition' in the form of another race track to add to his portfolio. Smith's thick new bankroll is interesting in light of the economic problems facing the Dover Downs Motorsports operation. Could Smith be interested in bidding for Dover? Dover International Speedway is home to two Winston Cup and two Busch races at its home track, along with Busch races at its Nashville track, its Gateway track in St. Louis and its Memphis track. Dover also runs CART Indy-car races at a street course in St. Petersburg, Fla., in Long Beach, Calif., and Denver. Or could Smith be interested in making a bid for Jerry Carroll's new Kentucky Speedway? Smith yesterday refused to be pinned down on anything, saying only that he wanted to be ready to strike if an opportunity arises.
Next week, Smith will talk to NASCAR's George Pyne and Brian France about the 2004 Winston Cup tour and other issues. It isn't clear what impact that $230 million might have, if, for example, the purchase of any International Speedway Corp. tracks, like Darlington or Rockingham, might be discussed. Smith said he did not want to speculate on what opportunities, if any, ISC officials might offer.
What about making a deal with Carroll? There have been reports for several weeks that Carroll and Smith have talking behind the scenes -- both men are trying to persuade NASCAR's Bill France to give them Winston Cup race dates. There has even been talk Carroll might join the lawsuit against NASCAR in discovery phase in Plano, Tex. 'Jerry is a nice man,' Smith said. But working with him on anything? 'Nothing we can talk about,' Smith said. 'Nothing we could discuss today.'( in part from the Winston Salem Journal)(5-17-2003)
- Kentucky Speedway Tix? Kentucky Speedway and Tickets.com will introduce a new, bar code ticketing system during the speedway's opening weekend May 9-10, 2003. Kentucky Speedway will be the first motorsports facility in the country to implement the system. Similar systems are in use at The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati and Jacobs Field in Cleveland. The Prologue Provenue Elite system is produced by the Alvarado Mfg. Co., and assigns a unique bar code to each speedway event ticket. Speedway gate attendants validate tickets with hand-held scanners to admit speedway guests. Even fans who purchase tickets on race day will be able to enter the facility easily as ticket bar codes become active within three seconds after the purchase - less time than it takes to walk from the main ticket window to the speedway gates. The new system also will give fans equal access to existing Kentucky Speedway ticket inventory, whether tickets are purchased by phone, online or at Tickets.com outlets. Kentucky Speedway's first race weekend opens Friday, May 9 with "The Louisville Courier-Journal Pole Night." The evening features an autograph session with NASCAR Winston Cup drivers and ARCA RE/MAX Series "Channel 5-205" qualifying, with the ARCA race on Saturday, May 10th. Tickets for both evenings are still available.(Kentucky Speedway PR)(5-9-2003)
- Kentucky Speedway still hoping for Cup race: This summer Kentucky Speedway will make its most aggressive push since it opened in 2000 to land a Winston Cup race by 2004, but politics remain a key obstacle. Track officials feel they've done everything necessary to secure a spot on the 36-race schedule. And for the first time, there is realistic hope that something could happen - NASCAR chairman Bill France Jr. announced at the beginning of this season that a schedule shakeup is possible for next season. But getting on that schedule is still a political battle, and right now Carroll is on the outside looking in. His speedway isn't part of International Speedway Corp., owned by the France family, that controls NASCAR. So ISC locations such as California and Kansas City may appear more attractive than the independent Kentucky Speedway.(Cincinnati Enqurier) AND Kentucky Speedway opens its 2003 season this Friday, May 9, with ARCA racing May 9th and 10th. On May 9th features an autograph session with Cup drivers Larry Foyt, Ricky Craven, Sterling Marlin, Jeremy Mayfield, Jamie McMurray and Jimmy Spencer. On May 10th features an exclusive pre-race concert with country start Tammy Cochran. The concert will be followed by an autograph session with the entertainer. ARCA and NASCAR race legend Benny Parsons will serve as the race grand marshal. More info at the Kentucky Speedway site.(5-6-2003)
- Kentucky and California add races in 2004? The 2004 Winston Cup tour schedule continues taking shape behind closed doors, and the most recent word is that NASCAR now may again be moving toward dropping a date from Rockingham and Darlington next season, as France had hinted at in January when he revealed plans for a schedule shakeup, to accommodate Fox and NBC. One of those two race dates is expected to go to Fontana, Calif., for a second tour race, probably Labor Day weekend. The other date, highly placed sources say, could go to Kentucky Speedway, even though the Kentucky track isn't owned by International Speedway Corp. While France has made several references to the Kentucky track this spring, a 2004 Cup date there would be a surprise, because there has been considerable speculation that ISC's Kansas City track would be getting a second tour date in 2004.(Winston Salem Journal)(5-4-2003)
- Kentucky Speedway to Celebrate 'Green Flag Festival': Meijer and Kentucky Speedway invite tri-state race fans to celebrate the upcoming Kentucky Speedway race season on Tuesday, May 6, during the first "Green Flag Festival" from 4:00 to 8:00pm, at the Meijer located at 4990 Houston Rd. in Florence, KY. The event is a new endeavor between the speedway and Meijer, "The Official Supercenter of Kentucky Speedway" and sponsor of the June 14 "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" NASCAR Busch Series race. Admission is free. The "Green Flag Festival" will feature four interactive Indy Racing Fan Experience properties, an ARCA RE/MAX and NASCAR Busch series driver autograph session, live country music from The Frazier River Band, a wide variety of racing showcars and other fan-friendly exhibits. Cincinnati's B-105 WUBE-FM will broadcast live along with the WCKY 1360-AM HOMER "KOI In The Pits" radio show. WLWT-TV 5, Cincinnati's NBC affiliate and title sponsor of the May 10 ARCA RE/MAX Series "Channel 5-205," also will broadcast live at the event. The National Pork Board and Coca-Cola will provide $1.00 concessions during the festival and all proceeds will benefit the "Kicks For Kids" Charity founded by former Cincinnati Bengal and Univ. of Kentucky placekicker Doug Pelfrey. "We're happy to be partnering with Meijer to present our first Green Flag Festival," Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis said. "Both Meijer and Kentucky Speedway share a commitment to customer satisfaction and community involvement. This event certainly helps us achieve our goals in both areas and gets our 2003 racing season off to a great start." The interactive properties of The Indy Racing Experience include Indy Racing Kids, which. features Indy Racing League IndyCar Series peddle-car races, radio controlled IndyCar Series cars, an inflatable pit stop challenge, coloring area, an Xbox video game and more. The Indy Racing Challenge exhibit allows fans to get the feel of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a race simulator, and the Indy Racing Pit Stop Challenge gives fans a flavor of the pits by testing their skills at changing and re-fueling IndyCar Series cars while racing against the clock. Drivers scheduled to participate in the autograph session include NASCAR Busch Series stars Johnny Sauter and David Stremme, four-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion and three-time Kentucky Speedway race winner Frank Kimmel as well as tri-state ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers Jon Morley, Willie Green, Greg Sarff and others. The Frazier River Band will play its brand of country music from the high-tech Indy Racing Live Stage beginning at 5:30pm. Kentucky Speedway opens its season May 9 with The Louisville Courier-Journal Pole Night featuring a two-hour autograph session with NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers Ricky Craven, Larry Foyt, Sterling Marlin, Jeremy Mayfield, Jamie McMurray and Jimmy Spencer. The evening also features ARCA RE/MAX Series qualifying and "Happy Hour" final practice. Opening weekend continues with The Channel 5-205 ARCA RE/MAX Series race on Saturday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m. The fun-filled day of racing will include a pre-race concert by country music artist Tammy Cochran, beginning at 5:30pm.
Tickets for both evenings are still available and can be purchased in the following ways:
- By phone at 1-888-652-RACE (single-event ) or 859-578-2300 (season)
- Online at www.kentuckyspeedway.com or www.Tickets.com
- At the Kentucky Speedway corporate office at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Suite 200, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky. or the speedway's Fan Center, off of Hwy. 35, in Sparta, Ky.
- Through Tickets.com retail outlets located at the Cincinnati Visitor's Center and in select Meijer stores and supercenters, Play-It-Again Sports and Hader Hardware locations.
Tickets.com facilitates Kentucky Speedway single-event ticket and Reserved RV camping pass sales to local clients and race fans. A complete list of retail locations is available online at www.Tickets.com, or www.kentuckyspeedway.com and by phone at 1-888-652-RACE. Tickets.com service fees will apply to all outlet, phone and Internet orders.(Kentucky Speedway PR)(4-26-2003)
- Ford to sponsor Kentucky CTS race: The Ford Motor Company along with the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers will team up to sponsor the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race July 12, 2003 at Kentucky Speedway. The event will be known as "The Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" and telecast live nationally on SPEED Channel beginning at 8:00pm.(Kentucky Speedway PR)(3-26-2003)
- Kansas to get 2nd race? Kentucky to get Cup race if owner sells? Texas 2nd race? ...insiders say that Kansas City is almost assured a second Cup date and that Kentucky Speedway will also be added to the tour if track owner Jerry Carroll is willing to sell majority interest to the International Speedway Corp [ISC]. One of those dates will likely come from Rockingham, the other from Darlington. In fact, speculation here is so hot about Kentucky getting a Cup date that Carroll and France [ISC] might already have come to some tentative agreement, though that's not clear. Other NASCAR sources say it's increasingly likely that the sanctioning body will indeed add a second Winston Cup date at Texas Motor Speedway, in order to keep some of NASCAR's business secrets from being brought out in the Texas courtroom that is hearing a lawsuit over the second date issue.(Winston Salem Journal)(2-22-2003)
- Kentucky Cup Race? - Slim and None? If Kentucky Speedway is on the verge of landing a NASCAR Winston Cup race, the indications were well hidden in Daytona last week. While acknowledging that "you never know what is going to happen," NASCAR Vice-President Jim Hunter described Kentucky's chances of landing a Cup date as "slim and none." NASCAR's much-discussed plans to revise the 2004 Cup schedule is not aimed at moving races to new tracks, Hunter said. Instead, it is designed to allow the companies that own tracks that already have Cup dates to move races to other facilities they own if that makes business sense. Anyway, the best chance for Kentucky Speedway to get into the big leagues of NASCAR may not be an actual points race, but an exhibition event such as The Winston, Hunter says. Speculation has been that Kentucky Speedway's best chance to get a Cup date would be either buying or renting one of the two dates controlled by New Hampshire International Speedway. Bob Bahre, owner/chairman of the track, said Kentucky Speedway honcho Jerry Carroll visited with him in recent months inquiring about availability of a race date. And he said Carroll called after NASCAR announced that its '04 Cup schedule would be revised. However, Bahre says he told Carroll that he will not sell or rent one of his Cup dates. Asked if there were any price that could get him to sell or rent a Winston Cup date to Kentucky Speedway, Bahre said, "No, none."(Herald Leader)(2-19-2003)
- Kentucky Speedway Extends Tickets.Com Partnership: Kentucky Speedway and Tickets.com announced an exclusive multi-year full-retail ticketing services agreement that will benefit race fans through added conveniences such as extended call center hours and an expanded retail ticket network. Beginning January 6, 2003, Tickets.com will facilitate Kentucky Speedway single-event ticket and Reserved RV camping pass sales to local clients and race fans. Tickets are available at the Cincinnati Visitor's Center, and in select retail outlets in Greater Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, in addition to Louisville and Lexington, Ky. A complete list of retail locations is available online at www.tickets.com/retailoutlets, or www.kentuckyspeedway.com and by phone at 1-888-652-RACE. Tickets.com service fees will apply to all outlet, phone and internet orders. Kentucky Speedway tickets will be available seven days a week from Tickets.com at 1-888-652-RACE. Tickets.com also will help authenticate Kentucky Speedway tickets in 2003 through a barcode and ticket scanning system. Speedway fans will be protected against counterfeiting as each ticket will be printed with a unique barcode and scanned at the speedway gates prior to admission. The system also is expected to speed entry into the $152-million facility. Kentucky Speedway campers also will benefit from the extended partnership as single-weekend Reserved RV camping area passes will be available through the Tickets.com call center. Kentucky Speedway will continue to administrate the sale of its season ticket packages, which are on sale now and will be available through Friday, May 9, 2003. The speedway also will continue to sell its season Reserved RV camping passes direct to its customers.(Kentucky Speedway PR)(12-27-2002)
- Kentucky Signs Sponsor: Kentucky Speedway signed of Meijer, one of America's largest grocery and general-merchandise retailers, to a five-year marketing and sponsorship agreement. The agreement provides that the BGN race to be held this June 14 at the speedway will be the "Meijer 300." Financial terms weren't disclosed, but Meijer stores will receive VIP corporate suites, venue signage, advertising, grandstand tickets, event-specific merchandise, hospitality and other promotional considerations under the agreement. As a member of the tickets.com ticketing services, Meijer stores will continue to sell Kentucky Speedway tickets in addition to officially licensed speedway merchandise.(Cincinnati Post)(12-4-2002)
- Ford to Test at Kentucky: Ford Racing has scheduled Winston Cup testing at Kentucky Speedway tomorrow. The track doesn't say which teams are expected to be on hand, but Ford has signed a two-year deal that gives its teams a chance to test there every Tuesday. While the session is not open to the public, the track's Web site says fans can watch from the front of the visitor center, located in the corner of turn three.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(12-2-2002)
- No Winston for Kentucky: Darrell Waltrip said Wednesday that he believes Kentucky Speedway's chances of getting the Winston all-star race in 2003 are dead. Waltrip, a Kentucky Speedway consultant and a TV color commentator for Winston Cup races, came to promote the Belterra Indy 300, but instead upstaged the Indy Racing League event with his insider's opinion on the future of Winston Cup racing at the Sparta track. Waltrip's friendship with NASCAR's top two officers, CEO Mike Helton and chairman Bill France Jr., have long made him the speedway's insider at the sanctioning body's Daytona Beach, Fla., headquarters. Waltrip said Kentucky Speedway offered to stage an all-star weekend of racing. "We offered to give them an entire weekend, starting with a trucks all-star race on Friday, a Busch all-stars on Saturday and the Winston on Sunday and added more money than they've ever run for in all three, and they said nothing, what's more to be said?" Waltrip said. "I'm sure they looked seriously at it. But, politically, right now it might be hard to move the Winston (which is staged at Lowe's International Speedway in Charlotte). I've given up on next year but not after that for the Winston or a Winston Cup race. It will just take time. We'll get adopted one of these days.'' Said Kentucky Speedway chairman Jerry Carroll: "We've given up on 2003 but we will not give up on the years after that.''(Cincinnati Post)(8-2-2002)
- Architect sues Kentucky Speedway: The architect that designed the $152 million Kentucky Speedway has filed a lawsuit against the track to collect more than $1 million he claims he was never paid for his services. The lawsuit, filed June 13 in U.S. District Court in Covington, claims that Bill Moss and his architectural firm, The MP Group, is owed $1.05 million for professional architectural services. Moss, who also designed Talladega Superspeedway and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, has been paid part of what is owed him but is suing for breach of contract to collect the balance, said attorney Gerald Dusing, who represents Moss in the suit. The suit names Kentucky Speedway LLC, which includes Carroll and his partners, and Gallatin County as well as several financial institutions that have an interest in the track. "We're not surprised by the lawsuit," said Mark Guilfoyle, the speedway's attorney. "We plan to file a counterclaim, and we'll work it out in court." Tim Bray, spokesman for Kentucky Speedway, said track officials would not comment on pending litigation.(Lexington Herald-Leader)(6-20-2002)
- No Kentucky Speedway Cup date/No real changes in 2003 UPDATE: NASCAR president Mike Helton said Thursday that Kentucky Speedway probably will not get a Winston Cup race in 2003, which was the track's target date to land a race. Helton was asked about Kentucky in a telephone interview with the Enquirer, on the eve of this weekend's NASCAR Busch race at Sparta. We're working on the 2003 (Winston Cup) schedule, Helton said. We don't see any major changes coming down, which means Kentucky more than likely is not going to be on it. But I want to be very careful and not take away anything from the facility . . . The issues are timing and location. Timing, in that Helton said the Winston Cup schedule is virtually maximized with 36 races annually. Location, in that Kentucky is relatively close to other Winston Cup venues, including Indianapolis, Michigan, Talladega and Bristol, Helton said. Jerry Carroll, Kentucky Speedway chairman, had set 2003 as his target to land Winston Cup. Carroll, when told of Helton's remarks Thursday, said he will not stop his quest for a Cup race. Until the (2003) schedule comes out, we'll continue to try to do everything we can, Carroll said. At one time we weren't even on NASCAR's radar screen, but we are now. Carroll also hopes Kentucky will be considered for The Winston, the circuit's annual all-star exhibition race. The Winston reportedly might leave its longtime Charlotte home in 2003.(Cincinnati Enquirer)(6-15-2002)
UPDATE: Last week NASCAR vice president of corporate communications Jim Hunter told The Courier-Journal that it's unlikely the 1 1/2 -mile speedway will be on the Winston Cup schedule next year. He said he's not optimistic the track ever will receive a Cup date and added that [Kentucky Speedway owner Jerry] Carroll knew it would be unlikely, simply because there's little schedule flexibility. Carroll acknowledged that he wasn't surprised that the track might be passed up for a date in 2003.(Courier-Journal)(6-16-2002)
- More Dover/Kentucky Sale Rumors: Despite denials from Dover Motorsports officials, reports persist that the conglomerate's five tracks may be bought by International Speedway Corp. ISC also is reportedly interested in acquiring Jerry Carroll's new Kentucky Motor Speedway, 35 miles south of Cincinnati. Dover Motorsports owns Nashville Superspeedway and Dover Downs Speedway, a 140,00-seat track that is host for two annual Winston Cup races. Its other tracks are in Memphis, St. Louis and Long Beach, Calif. Dover Motorsports last month split from Dover Downs Entertainment, separating the racing from the Casino holdings. There was speculation that the racing was separated from the gambling in order to pave the way for an ISC takeover. It likely would not make an acquisition that included gambling. ''That's been a hot rumor but as far as I know there's nothing to it,'' Dover PR director John Dunlap said in a visit for last month's NASCAR Busch Series race. NASCAR has made it clear it has no intention of granting a Winston Cup race to Nashville anytime in the foreseeable future, and is said to be likewise cool toward Kentucky Motor Speedway because of its proximity to the huge track at Indianapolis.(Tennessean)(5-2-2002)
- ISC to buy Dover or Kentucky? International Speedway Corp. may be on the track- acquisition warpath again. There are reports that ISC is interested in acquiring either the Dover Downs racing [noe call Dover Motorsports] conglomerate or Jerry Carroll's new Kentucky Speedway. Dover runs tracks in Dover, Del., Memphis, Tenn., St. Louis, and Nashville. Dover's Dennis McGlyn said there are no negotiations with ISC and dismissed the talk as "just rumors." Carroll could not be reached for comment. Carroll has pushed vigorously for a Winston Cup date for his track, about 20 miles from Cincinnati, but NASCAR officials have said the track is too close to Indianapolis.(Winston Salem Journal)(4-27-2002)
- Kentucky Gets BGN Sposnor - Kroger/Oreo's: The Kroger Co., the Nabisco Biscuit Division of Kraft Foods, and Kentucky Speedway announced that the facility's June 15 BGN race will be titled "The Kroger 300 Presented by Oreo." The title and presenting sponsorship agreement for Kentucky Speedway's second NASCAR Busch Series event increases the commitment of current corporate partners Kroger and Nabisco. The 2001 inaugural race attracted a Greater Cincinnati record, standing-room-only crowd of 70,338 to the $152-million, state-of-the-art venue.(Kentucky Speedway)(4-18-2002)
- Kentucky Ads: Kentucky Speedway will take its advertising campaign "off the race track" beginning Jan. 6 with billboards and print advertising featuring personalities not commonly associated with race events. The four-month campaign will include outdoor, transit, newspaper and magazine advertising. Ads will primarily target the Cincinnati and Dayton markets in Ohio as well as the Kentucky markets of Louisville and Lexington. Ads also will reach Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo in Ohio, Indianapolis, Ind., and some West Virginia markets.(That's Racin')(12-26-2001)
- Kentucky Wants a Cup Race: Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton met with Kentucky Speedway owner, Jerry Carroll, and Darryl Waltrip recently. The three talked about the possibility of bringing a major race to the Gallitan County racetrack. NASCAR will make the ulitimate decision, but Waltrip said that the Speedway has proven itself since opening last year. "NASCAR filled it's slots next year with a couple of other new tracks, but I feel good about 2003," Waltrip said. Patton said that the state is fixing up some of the roads leading to the track so that they can handle more traffic.(TheLouisvilleChannel.com/32 WLKY)(10-18-2001)
- Two More Cup races in 2002? UPDATE 4 No? NASCAR president Mike Helton said the sanctioning body is working on the 2002 schedule, but he refuses to comment on the garage rumor that there will be two more races -- 38 total -- next season. Word is Kentucky Speedway will be awarded an inaugural event and that California will get a second race. Other changes might include moving races at Rockingham, Atlanta and Darlington to dates that are more weather friendly(Sporting News)(6-11-2001)
UPDATE: NASCAR officials currently are working on the 2002 schedule. Sources from the sanctioning body said the new docket would have several changes. The new Kentucky Speedway near Cincinnati will join the series, as well as a second racing date at California. If ISC completes the purchase of Pocono, it likely will lose one of its two racing dates. So will the Darlington Raceway and the North Carolina Speedway. Darlington will lose its spring date, while North Carolina(Rockingham) will drop its fall race. Also under consideration is a plan to change the fall contest at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, now the season finale, to an earlier date when the weather is more cooperative. The vacancy created by North Carolina would be a perfect fit(Savannah Morning News)
UPDATE 2: It appears unlikely that NASCAR's Winston Cup schedule will be expanded next season. George Pyne, NASCAR's senior vice president, said Friday it was "very unlikely" any new races would be added to the already-crowded schedule. Races at Kansas City and Chicago were added this season, bringing the number of Winston Cup races to 36 - 38 counting the Budweiser Shootout and The Winston, two non-points events. "The sanctioning process is under way. We're ahead of schedule and NASCAR is very sensitive to adding any more weeks to the schedule at this point," Pyne said. "While the process isn't complete, it is very unlikely you'll see any additional weekends." Pyne said he wouldn't discuss specific items, such as moving race dates already on the schedule, but added that there will be no "dramatic changes." "I want to be clear. It's not completed. Anything's possible. I wouldn't read anything more into it than that, other than we're ahead of where we normally are," he said.(That's Racin')(6-15-2001)
UPDATE 3: NASCAR might add two races to the Winston Cup schedule next season, at California and either Kentucky or Texas (or possibly both), so the logical question is where on the calendar is there any room. One possible answer: by running one-day events on the Wednesday night before Mother's Day, and the Wednesday night before Easter, according to Daytona sources. NASCAR officials aren't saying much about the shape of the 2002 Winston Cup schedule but concede they are "sensitive" to car owners' worries about expanding the tour(Winston Salem Journal)(6-17-2001)
UPDATE 4: Kentucky Speedway will not be added to the 2001 Winston Cup schedule, NASCAR president Mike Helton said. "(We're not going to Kentucky) for Winston Cup, but we were very proud to be there Saturday night (Busch Series)," Helton said. "Everything is considered in the future, but we have to be careful and not give anyone false hope because of the bigness of things today."(Sporting News)(6-18-2001)
- ISC Looking to buy Tracks? International Speedway Corporation appears to be trying to add to its portfolio of race tracks. According to unconfirmed reports, ISC is trying to buy out Tony George's share of the new Joliet-Chicago track, trying to buy Pocono International Raceway, trying to buy Kentucky Speedway, and trying to buy Bob Bahre's New Hampshire Speedway. One report pegs ISC's price point for Pocono at $110 million, to which track owner Dr. Joe Mattioli said "That would be a nice down payment." Mattiolli then denied any sale pending and said he would have two Cup races again next season(Winston Salem Journal)(6-17-2001)
- Kentucky to be bought? Kentucky Speedway may be the next battleground between the France family's ISC and Bruton Smith's Speedway Motorsports, according to NASCAR sources. Smith wants to buy the Kentucky track, according to sources close to the situation. However, Humpy Wheeler said Smith isn't interested in buying the Kentucky track unless it comes with a Winston Cup date. NASCAR is considering adding the Cincinnati area track to its Cup tour for 2002, according to television sources, and is considering adding a second Cup date at both California and Texas, too, and it appears two of those three new race dates would come at the expense of Rockingham and Darlington. Where the third date might come is unclear(Winston Salem Journal)
AND Speedway Motorsports Inc. President H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler said his company is not interested in buying more Winston Cup tracks right now. He said he wouldn't be interested in Kentucky Speedway because it doesn't have a Cup date and doesn't plan to expand the operation anytime soon. With a down economy and falling stock, Wheeler is concentrating on keeping the company on track(Richmond Times Dispatch)(5-20-2001)
- 1000th Cap: Kentucky Speedway Chairman and Developer Jerry Carroll presented the 1000th cap in the history of the Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati (ALGC) "Caps for Kids" program to patient Daniel Jones on May 11 in the Oncology-Hematology Unit at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati (CHMCC). The ALGC founded "Caps for Kids" in 1998 and originally delivered only hand-painted and decorated caps created by members to patients. The league began delivering sports-related caps last year after a young patient specifically requested a NASCAR race cap. "We are delighted to be part of this program, I can't think of a better way to give back to our community," Carroll said. "As motorsports, especially NASCAR, is so popular among our kids, I'm honored to present our official Kentucky Speedway cap as the 1,000th in the history of 'Caps for Kids. Of all the caps we've presented over the years, hats from NASCAR have been by far the most popular," said "Caps For Kids" Coordinator Audrey Stehle. "The kids identify with the drivers and their sponsors and we are delighted to have Mr. Carroll and our local track present the 1000th cap in our program's history." Kentucky Speedway will be a regular contributor to "Caps For Kids". Visiting drivers, race team and Kentucky Speedway representatives will visit Children's Hospital during each of the four weeks racing events will be held at the speedway this summer(Kentucky Speedway)(5-13-2001)
- DW Statue: Kentucky Motor Speedway and Tide will dedicate a life-size bronze statue of Darrell Waltrip and walkway at the track's Fan Center June 16, prior to its inaugural Busch Series event. The statue depicts Waltrip after he won the 1989 Daytona 500. Set on a 4-foot solid granite base, the statue weighs more than 8,000 pounds. Surrounding the statue will be the Darrell Waltrip Memorial Walkway, a park-like setting linking the Fan Center to the monument. Country music entertainer Brad Paisley will also stage a pre-race concert(Winston Cup Scene - need subscription to view online)(4-5-2001)
- Kentucky gets a Sponsor: The Kentucky Speedway announced that Outback Steakhouse will sponsor the track's inaugural BGN event scheduled for June 16, 2001. "The Outback Steakhouse 300" will see an 8:00pm/et green flag and be televised live nationally on FX (part of the Fox Network). June 16th is anticipated to be one of the most significant sporting Sparta, KY venue. The day includes: Two Races - NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Goody's Dash Series Events. Kerry Earnhardt - Autograph appearance plus competing in the race. Kerry is the eldest son of the late Dale Earnhardt. Brad Paisley Concert. Darrell Waltrip Dedication - An 8,000 lb. bronze statue of "D.W." will be unveiled at the Turn 3 Fan Center. Huge Pre-Race Show - Including bands, fireworks, F-14 flyovers, and local and national dignitaries. Seats are still available(Kentucky Speedway/Outback Steakhouse PR)(4-5-2001)
- Kentucky Tix: Kentucky Speedway announced it is expanding its relations with tickets.com through a multi-year integrated ticketing agreement. The leading business-to-business ticketing solutions provider will sell tickets for all 2001 races at Kentucky Speedway through its Cincinnati area retail outlets network including: Meijer, Hader Hardware and Play It Again Sports stores. Kentucky Speedway has been selling tickets over the internet since January 2001 through tickets.com. Fans can visit www.kentuckyspeedway.com or go to www.tickets.com to secure their seats. Kentucky Speedway hosts four exciting race weekends in 2001 starting in May. The BGN debuts in Kentucky June 16th. The CTS, ARCA and the NASCAR All Pro Series will return for the 2001 season(Kentucky PR)(3-11-2001)
- Kentucky Tix Online: On line ticketing has come to Kentucky Speedway. Tickets.com and Kentucky Speedway have reached an agreement to begin single event Internet sales January 8, 2001. The public will be able to buy tickets 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all 10 races in 2001 through the Kentucky Speedway Website at
www.kentuckyspeedway.com or through Tickets.com's site at www.tickets.com.(12-24-2000)
- New and Improved: the Kentucky Speedway website has been 'improved' and now offers a Gift Shop, see it at www.kentuckyspeedway.com(11-18-2000)
- Kentucky News: In response to a tremendous interest in RV camping, Kentucky Speedway is adding 200 Reserved RV spaces behind turns 1 and 2 for the 2001 race season. The Private, Backstretch, RV area remains "Sold Out" for the 2001 season with over 150 people waiting for one of the prized spaces to open up. The new, reserved RV area is on sale now for 2001. For more info, see the Kentucky Speedway Site(10-18-2000)
- Kentucky Sched: Kentucky Speedway is already gearing up for the 2001 season with the recent announcement of a BGN date as well as new stops for the USAC, and The NASCAR Goody's Dash Series. The speedway announced today a four weekend, ten event race schedule for 2001, which will also see return visits by the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, NASCAR All-Pro Series, Indy Racing Northern Lights Series, as well as The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA). Beginning Monday, September 25, 2000, fans will be able to purchase the remaining Personal Seat License seats in the "Club" areas in addition to 2001 Season Tickets located throughout the grandstand areas. Current Speedway Season Ticket Holders have until December 31, 2000 to renew their seats at which time single event tickets will be placed on sale for the 2001 campaign.(Kentucky Speedway PR)(9-20-2000)
- Kentucky and the BGN? UPDATE 3 OFFICIAL: Kentucky Speedway is expected to announce Tuesday(at 12noon) that it has obtained a BGN event for the 2001 season. Last week, smaller tracks at Myrtle Beach and South Boston announced the Busch series would not return to their facilities in 2001, which opened up potential dates for Kentucky. NASCAR officials will not comment on whether Kentucky will get a Busch race(Cincinnati Enquirer)(8-28-2000)
UPDATE: hearing the BGN racedate will be June 16, 2001, same weekend as the CTS race was this year, looks like a doubleheader
UPDATE 2: the BGN will have its 2001 schedule expanded with a new stop at the Kentucky Speedway, a 67,000 seat, 1.5-mile, tri-oval facility located in Sparta, Ky. The 2001 event will be held on June 16, 2001. The announcement was made at the Kentucky Speedway where BGN competitors David and Mark Green, the brothers that hail from Owensboro, Ky., joined NASCAR and speedway executives along with team owner Clarence Brewer. The addition of the Kentucky Speedway comes after an announcement on May 8 that the NASCAR Busch Series would add events at the under-construction Kansas Speedway and Chicagoland Motor Speedway in 2001(Kentucky Speedway Site). No word on if a CTS race would be on the same weekend(8-29-2000)
UPDATE 3: hearing the CTS date will not be the same as the BGN, unless they have two CTS races there as rumored. Hearing the new CTS date will be July 14th(8-30-2000)
- Kentucky News: Following its inaugural weekend, the Kentucky Speedway is working to resolve parking and traffic issues which arose when three primary parking areas were washed out by heavy rains. "No excuses. We will make changes to our parking areas, entry roads, and will have one or even two contingency plans in place. We are a new venue and hopefully people will understand and have confidence in us to come back as we are really going to have great race events as evidenced June 17th," said Mark Cassis, Executive VP and General Manager. A meeting was held on June 20th which included the federal highway administration, Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, American Engineering who designed the traffic study, and A & A Safety the company responsible for the highway crossover and traffic alert systems. The speedway is now gearing up for its next event, "The 700 WLW Day at the Races," scheduled for Sunday, July 2nd. Indy Racing League testing, a Celebrity Legends Race featuring four Winston Cup drivers, a 150-mile ARCA stock car event (now to be televised by Speedvision), and a fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day(Kentucky Speedway Site PR)(6-22-2000)
- Kentucky Refunds UPDATE: hearing that track owner Jerry Carroll said that they will give a full refund to anyone who has an unused ticket for the Kroger 225 CTS race. And i have heard from some readers who made it to the track with little problem, but that the parking lots got muddy from all the rain and there was not much the track personnel could do(6-19-2000)
UPDATE: Kentucky Motor Speedway's debut event, a NASCAR truck race last Friday night, drew a crowd of more than 60,000, but not everyone who had a ticket could get in because of rain and parking problems. So Jerry Carroll, the track owner, is offering a full refund to anyone who had a ticket and couldn't use it. That's quite at odds with the long-time policy of NASCAR promoters of no refunds(PitNow) AND Auto racing fans who couldn't get into the Kentucky Speedway for Saturday night's Kroger 225 NASCAR Craftsman Truck race can get a refund on their tickets. They should mail their untorn tickets to: Kentucky Speedway Ticket Office, P.O. Box 176248, Covington, Ky. 41017-6248. Refunds will take three to four weeks(Lexington Herald-Leader)(6-20-2000)
- Kentucky News - fans sent home UPDATE: Overheated race fans idled for hours on clogged interstates as yesterday's opening of the Kentucky Speedway was stalled by rain and overflow crowds. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., parking lots at the $153 million speedway were full, and ticket holders who had inched through hours of traffic were told to turn around and go home(Herald Leader) AND The lucky ones who got into the Kentucky Speedway before the lack of parking turned fans away faced ankle-deep mud from overnight and afternoon storms. With all those fans stuck on the road and in the muck, the speedway's debut got off to a slow start. There weren't many people around until about 7, half an hour before the race was scheduled to start. The eventual attendance was estimated at 63,750; capacity is about 70,000(Herald Leader). NOTE: Hearing from many readers that they stuck in traffic for hours on the way to the race and then got turned away and told there was no parking for anyone else. Best bet is to contact the Kentucky Speedway with any kudos or complaints(6-18-2000)
UPDATE: hearing that track owner Jerry Carroll said that they will give a full refund to anyone who has an
unused ticket for the Kroger 225 CTS race. And i have heard from some readers who made it to the track with little problem, but that the parking lots got muddy from all the rain and there was not much the track personnel could do. AND another story at: Speedway turns away fans, Rain turns parking lots into quagmire from The Cincinnati Enquirer AND from the AP: Police: Rain, not poor planning, caused traffic problems(6-19-2000)
- DW at Kentucky UPDATE: NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip took a spin around the new Kentucky Speedway at about 115 mph and pronounced the re-paved track ready for today's first Craftsman Truck and Slim Jim All-Pro practices. Waltrip will be grand marshal of Saturday's grand-opening festivities, featuring the truck race(Cincinnati Enquirer) There had been rumors that DW would drive in the race but nothing has been announced, even though a #17 truck is listed on the NOL Entry List with the driver simply listed as TBA(to be announced) fielded by Conley Racing Chevrolet who also field the #7 for David Starr, and Tony Ave, an open wheel driver from Indianapolis, IN is supposed to test at Kentucky on Friday with Team Rensi and Starr -- see that story on the CTS page
UPDATE: DW is ONLY the Grand Marshal for the race and will NOT be driving a truck at the race. He is going to fly from Pocono and be the Grand Marshal, then fly back Saturday night.(6-15-2000)
- Kentucky and Winston Cup: ....But barring a turn of events, it's unlikely Kentucky Speedway ever will get a marquee(Winston Cup) stock-car race. NASCAR's current expansion strategy and a dwindling number of available race dates could leave Kentucky racing fans without a Winston Cup race. Kentucky's problem is simply one of geography. Counting races awarded to tracks outside Kansas City and Chicago for the 2001 schedule, nine of the 36 Winston Cup races will be in states that border Kentucky(in part from Lexington Herald-Leader)(6-15-2000)
- Kentucky to Repave: The new Kentucky Speedway scheduled to open June 16th and 17th with NASCAR All Pro and CTS(truck) events will have its racing surface repaved beginning Thursday, May 18th. The decision was made following a CTS tire test conducted Monday, May 15th. During the winter months, as the track cured, they we began to see movement in the asphalt and the result is a racing surface that the speedway believes is reflective of the integrity of the project. It is very correctable, and the speedway says they will be fine for the opener. The Kentucky Speedway has put into action a plan that will have the entire 1.5-mile, tri-oval surface re-measured and leveled by a state-of-the-art computer system and then repaved over the next three-week period. All track work is targeted to be complete by June 5th. The remaining portions of the project are approaching 95% completion, including all of the suites, upper tower, and infield buildings(Kentucky Speedway PR)(5-18-2000)
- Kentucky Tire Tests: Goodyear tested tires for the Craftsman Truck Series, Kroger 225, on Monday(5-15) at the new Kentucky Speedway. Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge trucks were represented. CTS point's leader #2-Mike Wallace, #43-Steve Grissom and #60-Andy Houston participated in the test. Wallace was impressed with the track. "It's a massive undertaking to take a facility from a big pile of dirt and turn it into something like this. They built a first class facility. It has a Vegas/Texas feel to it. Its real wide like Vegas is and has the banking like Texas."(Kentucky Speedway PR)(5-16-2000)
- Kentucky Race?: Published reports tell of Darrell Waltrip encouraging the owners of the new Kentucky Motor Speedway to run their own "outlaw" Winston Cup race if NASCAR doesn't give them a Cup date(TV Times)(5-15-2000)
- Kentucky Track Story: Though the Kentucky Speedway is built to handle Winston Cup races, the fledgling track doesn't expect to reach that tier of NASCAR racing without first succeeding with smaller events, said Mark Cassis, the track's executive vice president and general manager. See full story at: Kentucky track is willing to wait by Sam Eifling of the Lexington Herald-Leader(5-9-2000)
- DW Grand Marshal: Three time, NASCAR Winston Cup champ, Darrell Waltrip will serve as Grand Marshal at the Kentucky Speedway's inaugural race, "The Kroger 225". The Craftsman Truck Series event, scheduled for June 17th will have a 7:30pm/et green flag and broadcast live, nationally on ESPN(Kentucky Speedway PR)(5-3-2000)
- Kentucky Beats Nashville: Next month Nashville will officially lose the racetrack race. Jerry Carroll's 70,000-seat, $152 million Kentucky Speedway is scheduled to open June 16. Carroll's track will cross the finish line almost a year ahead of new 50,000-seat, $125 million Nashville Superspeedway. Originally scheduled to be up and running this spring, various delays have pushed the Wilson County track's opening back to next April. See full story at the Tennessean by Larry Woody(5-5-2000)
- Kentucky Speedway PR: 700 Wlw Radio To Sponsor July 2nd Races At New Kentucky Speedway, NASCAR Winston Cup Drivers To Participate In Event(4-27-2000)
- Kentucky Tix: Season Tickets are now available for the 2000 season at the Kentucky Speedway, see the track site for info. Also starting on Monday, March 6th, single race tickets will go on sale(3-2-2000)
- Kentucky UPDATE: There will be a Press Conference regarding Kentucky Speedway on Tuesday, February 29th at 11am, no idea what it is for(2-28-2000) -- UPDATE: At a press conference held at the Westin Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio, is was announced that Firstar Bank has signed a 3 year contract to be the "Official Bank" of the speedway. They will assist in marketing, and have signage and ATM's at the track. They will also sponsor the "Star of the Race" promotion at the end of every race held at the track. At the conclusion of the press conference, Jerry Carroll was presented with a Firstar Bank cap and Jerry Kohlhepp VP of Firstar was presented a Kentucky Speedway cap in return. Mark Simendinger, President of Carroll Properties, developer of the Kentucky Speedway said that they will also be developing a 1/4 drag strip later this year. This will allow the track to be utilized by more facets of the racing world. The Speedway will also be sponsoring Legends events this summer featuring current Winston Cup drivers. The first event at the Kentucky Speedway is scheduled Friday June 16, 2000 for Pole Night for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and "The Kentucky 100" All-Pro Division Race Event. Saturday June 17, 2000 "The Kroger 225" Craftsman Truck Series - under the lights Grand Opening Celebration(Kandi S. Jaeger/Colliers International)(2-29-2000)
- Kentucky Buy Indy's Winners Circle: the new Kentucky Speedway will also feature a little bit of auto racing history. Speedway Vice President Mark Cassis said speedway officials learned recently that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was installing a new winner's circle platform as part of a major refurbishing at the track. The old winner's circle was for sale. So they bought it for to use asa the Kentucky Speedway Winners Circle. The winner's circle platform is used to display the winning car immediately after a race(Cincinnati Enquirer)(2-18-2000)
- Kentucky News: on Friday Jack Sprague and Andy Houston took a few laps around the d-shaped oval Kentucky Speedway, the CTS will race there on June 17th. Both driver said they are looking forward to racing at the track(WLEX-TV)(2-7-2000)
- Kentucky on schedule: Despite the recent winter weather conditions, construction of the new Kentucky Speedway remains on schedule. The 18-month project is now 70% complete(NOL)(1-28-2000)
- Kentucky Seats: Kentucky Speedway will have 65,989 seats available for race fans when the 1.5-mile tri-oval opens for the first race weekend in June, and 5,000 of those seats are already sold for the 2000 racing season. Speedway vice president Mark Cassis said Tuesday the official seat count is 61,281 in the lower grandstand area and 4,708 in the tower area(Cincinnati Enquirer)(1-6-2000)
- Cup drivers to run at Kentucky: Darrell Waltrip, Michael Waltrip and Jeremy Mayfield are scheduled to drive at the CTS/Truck race at Kentucky Speedway on June 17(Cincinnati Post)(1-9-2000)
- Kentucky News: The Kentucky Speedway motor sports complex in Gallatin County remains on target for a June opening, developer Jerry Carroll said(Tennessean/AP)(12-1-1999)
- 200mph at Kentucky: 1999 Pep Boys Indy Racing League Champion, Greg Ray of Plano, Texas broke the 200 MPH barrier during a private test session on Monday, November 15th at Kentucky Speedway. Officials from the IRL sanctioning body and the speedway were on hand at the 1.5-mile facility for a special test session of the track's asphalt surface(Kentucky Speedway Site)(11-17-1999)
- Kentucky and Trucks UPDATE:: Hearing the new Kentucky Speedway, slated to open next year will announce on Wednesday that they will hold a NASCSR CTS(Truck) race at the facility in June 2000(11-1-1999) -- UPDATE: Kentucky Speedway has attracted the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for a 225-mile night race that will open the track in June. The Kroger 225 will be run on June 17 and televised live on ESPN, Jerry Carroll, speedway chairman and co-owner, announced Wednesday(Cincinnati Inquirer/AP)(11-4-1999)
- Kentucky News: On Thursday, Oct 7th, after the 2nd layer of asphalt was put down on the new KY Speedway, ARCA Champ, Bill Baird, brought his "Short Track" car to the Speedway for testing, and ran speeds of 155.000mph. Bill Moss of Moss & Associates, who is heading up the construction project, communicated with Baird over two-way radios and instructed him to test different lanes of the track. Baird would then report the conditions. The test was conducted to reveal any potential issues with the surface and the results were then recorded(Kentucky Speedway Site)(10-11-1999)
- Kentucky has a race: Kentucky Speedway has joined the ranks of major-league motor racing, landing an Indy Racing League 300-mile race. Jerry Carroll, Kentucky Speedway president, announced Tuesday that the Belterra Resort Indy 300 Pep Boys Racing League race will be held Aug. 27, 2000. The 1½-mile tri-oval, about 35 minutes south of Cincinnati, is scheduled for completion June 1, 2000(ESPN)(9-21-1999)
- Kentucky News: Kentucky Speedway officials are expected to announce next week that they have obtained a commitment from the Indy Racing League for a race late next summer(Tennessean)(9-17-1999)
- Kentucky News: Despite the sweltering heat, an estimated 35,000 auto racing fans jammed Turfway Park on Saturday to listen to country music and get a sneak peek at the Kentucky Speedway. People were waiting to get in the gates at 9am to listen to big-name country music stars; inspect NASCAR, CART and IRL show cars, trucks and simulators; and line up to get autographs from three of racing's top drivers. Danny Sullivan, Bobby Unser and Darrell Waltrip were on hand to sign autographs(Cincinnati Enquirer)(8-2-1999)
- Kentucky Announcement UPDATE 2: I hear there will be a "Major Announcement" involving Anheuser-Busch and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. on Wednesday, July 29 at the Kentucky Speedway(7-23-1999) -- UPDATE: According to sources, NASCAR and Busch officials are planning to announce the 1.5-mile, $130 million speedway will host a NASCAR Grand National race in 2000, with Budweiser as the title sponsor of the race. The announcement was placed in doubt Friday, however, when the director of sports marketing at Anheuser-Busch, Mike Hargrave, left his position to take a similar job with Texaco. Hargrave had worked on the Kentucky Speedway deal(That's Racin')(7-24-1999) -- UPDATE 2: Budweiser will be the official beer of the new Kentucky Speedway. In a three-year corporate sponsorship agreement, Budweiser will be recognized on advertising signs around the 1.5-mile complex. It also will be a marketing partner with the speedway in promoting races and special events. Owner Jerry Carroll said he expects to have four race events at the speedway next year. Have an ARCA race already, close to a CTS race and hope to have an BGN and IRL event at the track in 2000.(Cincinnati Enquirer)(7-29-1999)
- Kentucky News: The Kentucky Speedway will hold a Race Day Festival '99 on July 31, 1999, 11am - 6pm. The event was originally scheduled to take place at the Gallatin County construction site, but was moved to Turfway Park in Florence, KY due to the projected high level of attendance. For fans wishing to see the progress being made at the Kentucky Speedway site, free bus tours will be provided from Turfway Park to the Speedway site throughout the day. Also, at the festival will be driver autograph sessions, race cars on display, simulators, and plenty of food and beverages. There will be a $10 admission fee, with children under 6 admitted free, and free parking will be provided by the Turfway Park facility(Kentucky Speedway Site)(6-24-1999)
- Kentucky has a race: An Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) race worth about $350,000 will open the new $152-million Kentucky Speedway either the first or second week of June 2000(Kentucky Post)(6-2-1999)
- NHIS/Kentucky more: Reports emerged Saturday(5/15) that a Kentucky businessman is willing to dismantle and
relocate NHIS with Bob Bahre retaining ownership and continuing to operate it. What is interesting, is that there is a 68,000 seat speedway being built in that state and the mysterious businessman reportedly has no connection to that facility. Bahre says that he has no plans to move the track (well, the grandstands etc.) and wants to stay on Route 106 despite a costly legal battle with Canturbury over a 9,000 seat addition(Left Turn Speedletter/Nashua Telegraph)(5-20-1999)
- Kentucky/New Hampshire? Lost in all the hubbub over a Kentucky-based operation trying to woo New Hampshire International Speedway to the Bluegrass State was a merger signed earlier this week between International Speedway Corporation and Penske Motorsports that puts 10 major tracks and 14 Winston Cup races under the ISC banner(Concord Monitor) Didn't see the story about Kentucky/NHIS but what I hear is that Owners of the Kentucky track are rumored to be trying to buy the NHIS and move one or both of it's Cup dates to the Kentucky Speedway, but I have seen no stories to this effect myself(5-18-1999)
- Kentucky News and Link: Sometime in November, when Jerry Carroll resumes selling personal seat licenses for his Kentucky Speedway, he hopes to have specific answers for the barrage of questions he has been fielding. Heading the list of questions is, who will race at the track next year when it opens - NASCAR, CART, IRL, ARCA, ASA? Carroll's group owns Louisville Motor Speedway, which has a Craftsman Truck series date that Carroll has asked be switched to Kentucky Speedway in 2000.
See full article - Track racing deadline - Speed testing must be done (Cincinnati Post)(4-29-1999)
- Kentucky: Owner Jerry Carroll said that construction, which began last August, is on schedule. Workers are on the site six days a week, with two shifts covering a 16-hour day. The cement race wall is up between Turns One and Two, and the back straightaway wall is also up. The 14-degree banking is in place for Turn Two, and for now is a dirt surface. The track eventually will be paved. See the rest of the article - Kentucky Speedway taking shape(Cincinnati Enquirer)(4-25-1999)
- Kentucky: Owner/Developer Jerry Carroll's latest move has been to petition NASCAR officially for Cup, BGN, Truck, Dash and Slim Jim All Pro races within the next two years. NASCAR President Bill France has said Kentucky should not expect a Winston Cup race in the near future. See the story at: Carroll petitions for auto races - Winston Cup unlikely soon (Cincinnati Enquirer)(4-22-1999)
- Ford and Kentucky: The Kentucky Speedway signed with the Tri-State Quality Ford Dealers, means Ford will supply pace cars, sedans, sport utility vehicles and trucks to personnel at the facility under construction about 35 miles southwest of Cincinnati. Ford will be designated the official vehicle manufacturer for the raceway, expected to open in June 2000. For the full story see Ford hitches up with Ky. Speedway (Cincinnati Enquirer)(4-22-1999)
- Kentucky Speedway gets a sponsor: Uniform supplier Cintas Corp. is the first corporate sponsor to sign on with Jerry Carroll's $152 million Kentucky Speedway in Gallatin County. Financial terms of the five-year agreement weren't disclosed, but Cintas and Speedway officials said Wednesday that the agreement makes Cintas the official uniform supplier for track personnel and supplier of most of the racing apparel sold at a gift shop that will be part of the race complex. (Cincinnati Enquirer)(3-11-1999)
- Kentucky info: Jerry Carroll and his Kentucky Speedway development team are having discussions about gaining controlling interest in Lawrenceburg Speedway (Ind)., the quarter-mile dirt track about 20 minutes west of Cincinnati. See the full story in the Cincinnati Enquirer - Carroll wants to buy, expand Lawrenceburg Speedway(1-8-1999)
- Kentucky Speedway Aerial View: Jerry Carroll, co-owner and developer of the new Kentucky Speedway, released aerial photographs taken December 16th of the 1,000-acre site located 35 miles south of Cincinnati, Ohio in Gallatin County, Kentucky. See it at www.kentuckyspeedway.com (1-6-1999)
- Kentucky Speedway News: The Gallatin County site of the Kentucky Speedway is a gigantic, 1,000-acre development that looks more like a strip-mining operation than the state-of-the-art, multiuse facility envisioned by the development team which includes Jerry Carroll, owner of Turfway Park in Florence. See the rest of the story at the Business Courier: Full Speed Ahead in Sparta(12-23-1998)
- UPDATE: Jerry Carroll and Kentucky Speedway officials have scheduled a news conference for today(8-24) with a "major announcement," believed to involve NASCAR driver Darrell Waltrip. Construction began 8-3 at the track site in Gallatin County, about 35 miles southwest of Cincinnati. The track is scheduled to be completed in June 2000. See the rest of the story at: Carroll, Waltrip may team up.(The Cincinnati Enquirer)(8-24-1998) - NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip joined the Kentucky Speedway development team Monday as a paid consultant. His biggest
job could be convincing NASCAR to bring a Winston Cup race here. See the rest of the story at: D. Waltrip joins Speedway team.(The Cincinnati Enquirer - thanks Lynne)(8-25-1998)
- Story about the Kentucky Speedway groundbreaking at: Shovels send hearts racing.(7-19-1998)
- Northern Kentucky developer, Jerry Carroll, broke ground Saturday for the $152 million Kentucky Speedway. Cup drivers and Kentucky natives Darrell Waltrip and Jeremy Mayfield were on hand as well as Kentucky Governor Paul Patton. The 1-1/2-mile oval track is to be built on a thousand acres near the town of Sparta, at the intersection of Interstate 71 and state route 35. Carroll has said he expects to complete the track and 60,000 seats in time for the 2000 racing season. See the story at the WRAL site: Developer Breaks Ground on $152 Million Speedway.(7-18-1998)
- UPDATE: Jerry Carroll will break ground July 18 on his 1 1/2 mile superspeedway in Northern Kentucky with a splashy "Speedfest" celebration that will include 10 current and former NASCAR former drivers and Kentucky Governor Paul Patton. Carroll owner of Turfway Park in Florence will stage the ceremony at Turfway. The actual motor racing complex will be in Gallatin County Kentucky about 35 miles southwest of Cincinnati. See the complete story at the Cincinnati Enquirer: Carroll serves up cars, glitz - Superspeedway groundbreaking to be splashy, also it was announced July 3 and July 4 over the public address system at the Louisville Motor Speedway that the official ground breaking for the new 1.55 mile "Kentucky Speedway" is set for July 18 at " Turfway Park" in Florance KY. The track is going to be located outside Carrolton KY. NASCAR drivers to be on hand include David Pearson, Buddy Baker, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip also Ken Schrader, Geoff Bodine, David Greene, Jeremy Mayfield and Kenny Wallace, which will also be running in a "Race of Champions" that night at the Louisville Motor Speedway.(thanks to all who sent info on this), another link is at: Short Takes: Mayfield, Waltrip to help break ground for track from the Lexington Herald-Leader.(7-5-1998) - For those of you planning to attend RaceFest at Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky this Saturday (7/18), from 1-5, StockCarFans will have a booth
of some sort there as far as I know right now. I will be there to meet you, and to try to generate some interest in the newsletter and website. Look for a 2 ft. x 1.5 ft. white sign with blue letters that says "Welcome, Stock Car Fans!", along with the website's address, that'll be me(Mike Irwin - the keeper of the StockCarFans Newsletter). Stop in and say "hi".(7-15-1998)
- The odds of Jerry Carroll landing an Indy Racing League date for his proposed Northern Kentucky superspeedway are not good, IRL President and CEO Tony George said because it is only 100 miles west of Indy. Carroll, whose proposed 1 1/2-mile oval would fit into the IRL's oval circuit, remains undaunted. A NASCAR Winston Cup event, the most popular racing series in America, remains his ultimate goal. He would also like a NASCAR Busch race and an IRL or CART race, and already has a NASCAR Craftsman Truck race in the bag. Carroll plans a groundbreaking in late July or early August on the track, which would be located in Gallatin County, Ky., about 35 miles southwest of Cincinnati. See the rest of the story at Indy chief: No. Kentucky unlikely to get IRL race.(Cincinnati Enquirer)(4-17-1998)
- See the story about the propsoed Northern Kentucky race track at Carroll's group meets president by Tom Groeschen of the The Cincinnati Enquirer(1-23-1998)
- UPDATE: News conferences are scheduled in Louisville and Florence, KY., today apparently to announce that controlling interest in Louisville Motor Speedway is being purchased by a group looking to build a superspeedway in Northern Kentucky. A group headed by Jerry Carroll, chairman and co-owner of Turfway Park, a thoroughbred racing track in Florence, has an option to buy 800 acres in Gallatin County and is investigating building a speedway there. A progress report on the project is also expected at the new conferences. Rumors have been circulating for months that the track, under new ownership, would be closed and rebuilt as a superspeedway itself. But Stilger and Vertrees spent about $300,000 last fall to have the track's bumps and dips removed and the racing surface widened. The season will be highlighted by the Craftsman Truck Series race on Aug.29. Weekly racing will again have the sportsman and three figure-8 divisions on Friday nights and the late-models, street stocks and thunder trucks on Saturday nights.(By Jim Terhune The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky - Thanks Lynne)(1-8-1998)
Update from the press conference in Louisville via 84 WHAS radio
news: Louisville Motor Speedway has been sold to Jerry Carroll for $5 million.
More improvements are planned for the future including more seats being added. See the story at Cincinnati Enquirer - Carroll to build speedway.(thanks to Rich and Alan for the link) and another link at: Gallatin chosen for 60,000-seat raceway.(1-9-1998)
- And more news on the proposed Kentucky race track at NASCAR track in Gallatin closer(Cincinnati Enquirer-thanks Rich)(10-17-1997)
- More news on the Cinncinati/Kentucky track: Turfway Park owner and developer Jerry Carroll said Wednesday that he would "absolutely" build an auto racing track in or near Northern Kentucky if a feasibility study indicates that the track could be a success. See the story at The Enquier, thanks to Rich for letting me know about this(6-7-1997)
- The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that a pair of Kentucky businessmen are exploring the possibility of building a Auto Race Track in Kentucky(Click on the paper name to read the story, thanks Alan) and there is a second story 2nd story(5-13-1997)