Kentucky Speedway (1.5 miles, Intermediate, tri-oval) in Sparta, Kentucky

The Kentucky Speedway is a typical 1.5-mile oval - a so-called cookie-cutter. Gives the name to the generic intermediate ovals like in order to underline her among themselves rather similar appearance: punched out like a cookie cutter for christmas cookies. The Oval in Sparta, Kentucky is doing the same age Kansas Speedway on next, as he and 14 ° in the curves and 8-10 ° down the stretch only about one degree is less inflated than his brother in the Midwest. The backstretch is after all still a manageable Banking at 4 °, as is a degree less than in Kansas.

Together with the two intermediate ovals and the Chicagoland Speedway was completed in 2001 as the last member of the triplets that time. You may have slightly different ovals like to summarize in a group, because so far yielded at least Chicagoland best comparatives for Kansas. But only the latter siblings got 2001 square at the newly expanded calendar of the Sprint Cup, while the Kentucky Speedway initially had to make do with one race of the trucks and the Nationwide Series. This occurred probably because the NASCAR International Speedway Corporation's (ISC) showed responsible for the construction of the two other intermediate ovals, while Kentucky was in the independent privately owned.

Owner Jerry Carroll was not consent to be obtained Speedway had no place in the Sprint Cup and pulled unceremoniously in court. After several years, ended the dispute in 2008 with a defeat of Carroll, who NASCAR could not demonstrate the probably obvious cartels. The last possibility, but yet to get an appointment in Calendar, offered at that time a sale to the ISC rival company Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) of racetracks magnate Burton Smith. However, a potential place for the 2009 season was thus no longer realize and also quickly became clear that Smith would probably sacrifice one of his race on a track for SMI Kentucky had.

In mid-2010 it was then known, that would not lose more regularly sold out Atlanta Motor Speedway any of its data to allow a Kentucky Racing in the Sprint Cup. As part of the preparation for this inaugural event SMI expanded the seating capacity of the oval again from 66,000 to 107,000 places, which could actually be reported only nine days before the race as sold. The first event of the Sprint Cup at the Kentucky Speedway was the same way, planned as a triple-header, with Nationwide Series and the trucks in tow.

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