After a wild week of racing at Daytona, NASCAR heads to one its newer tracks for the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. The track at Kentucky is a 1.5 mile track that features 267 laps of racing.
The Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts is a 400.5-mile (644.5 km) annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. The inaugural event was held on July 9, 2011 and was won by Kyle Busch. From 2012 to 2014, the race was held the week before the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Independence Day weekend. Beginning in 2015, the event moved back two weeks, preceding Daytona and New Hampshire. Kyle Busch, who won the race two times, is the defending winner.
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The event eventuated following a lawsuit in which Kentucky Speedway claimed NASCAR had violated federal antitrust laws in 2005. In 2008, the speedway was sold to Bruton Smith, hoping that the track could hold a race by 2011 and after four years, the former speedway owners abandoned the lawsuit.In August 2010, NASCAR announced that the track could hold a Sprint Cup Series event in 2011 Seven months later,Royal Dutch Shell‘s Quaker State brand was announced as sponsor and the 267 lap race held on July 9, was won by Kyle Busch. The race was plagued by a massive traffic problem where many of the fans who expected to attend the race were turned away after several hours on Interstate 71. Following the problem, Kentucky Speedway announced that they bought more land for parking and began to work with the state government to improve traffic around the speedway in time for the 2012 race.
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The weekend opens with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Thursday, July 7, followed by the NASCAR XFINITY Series on Friday, July 8. The XFINITY Series also returns to the 1.5-mile tri-oval Saturday, September 24. All races are at night.
“We are thrilled to maintain our summer race weekend at the end of the holiday week,” said Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger. “We had an overwhelmingly positive response to this weekend in 2015 and our primary goal was to retain this date.”
The track will host the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Crosley 150 Sept. 23, 2016. It will be the 23rd visit in the tracks series history.
“We are proud of our association with the ARCA Racing Series and excited to host them again in 2016. Past ARCA winners at Kentucky include Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. It has been a notable starting point for some great careers,” said General Manager Mark Simendinger.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series will make its second appearance at the track next season Saturday, Sept. 24 with the ARS to conclude a September weekend of racing at the track 1.5-mile tri-oval.
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