Kentucky Speedway

August 10, 2010 by staff 

Kentucky Speedway, AP – LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kentucky Speedway will race NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2011, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

Half-way through tri-oval 1.5 miles between Louisville and Cincinnati will host the NASCAR series in early July. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had been announced. A press conference is scheduled at the track Aug. 10.

Speedway Motorsports Inc. bought the highway property of the original group in 2008. SMI owner Bruton Smith said his main goal was to keep track of a date long-coveted Cup.

The original owners filed an antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR and International Speedway Corp. in 2005, alleging that sought to exclude the issue of the FIFA series.

Smith says the court case a major obstacle and was relieved when I finally finished this year. Smith would not comment, but said before the race at Indianapolis last week he would like to have a Cup race in the “monitoring of all” SMI NASCAR sanctioned.

The company also owns New Hampshire Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Infineon Raceway.

The only one that lacks a date right now is the Kentucky Cup, but Smith said he is optimistic that there would be enough time to get the facility ready for a Cup race

Kentucky already hosts NASCAR Nationwide and Truck Series events as well as an IndyCar race. Plans are already underway to expand capacity from approximately 65000-100000.

NASCAR officials had no immediate comment, but CEO Brian France said before the race at Indianapolis last week that the series was considering “striking” changes in its schedule of 2011.

“There will be some changes as we see now,” said France. “That did not materialize, but I have the feeling that the will and we will have some very impressive changes to the schedule that I think will be good for NASCAR fans.”

SMI may have to move a race from one of his tracks to Kentucky. Smith has consistently played coy about his intentions, but during a visit to New Hampshire Cup in June, not just the prospect of continuing his two Cup races a year in New England.

While the second race that traditionally kicks off the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, the race could be easily liquidated in June calendar.

NASCAR is expected to announce its 2011 schedule for Labor Day.

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