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 this name to the generic intermediate ovals like in order to underline their each other quite 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, because he with 14 ° in the turns and 8-10 ° on the home straight only about one degree is less inflated than his brother in the Midwest. The back straight is after all still a manageable Banking of 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 triplets this time. You can have slightly different ovals like to summarize in a group, because so far yielded at least Chicagoland the best comparison values for Kansas. But only the last sibling got a place in the newly expanded 2001 calendar of the Sprint Cup, while the Kentucky Speedway for the time being had to make do with one race in the Trucks and the Nationwide Series. This occurred presumably because the NASCAR International Speedway Corporation's (ISC) showed responsible for the construction of 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 of litigation ended in 2008 with the defeat of Carroll, which NASCAR could not demonstrate the probably obvious cartels. The last possibility, still to get an appointment in Calendar, offered at this time a sale to the ISC competitors Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI) race tracks magnate Burton Smith. However, a potential place for the 2009 season could be so no longer realize and also quickly became clear that Smith would probably sacrifice one of his races on an SMI track for Kentucky needed.
Mid-2010 it was then known, that would not lose more regularly sold-out Atlanta Motor Speedway one of its data to allow Kentucky a race in the Sprint Cup. As part of the preparation for this premiere event SMI expanded the seating capacity of the oval again from 66,000 to 107,000 seats, which were actually reported only nine days before the race as sold. The first event of the Sprint Cup on the Kentucky Speedway was incidentally the same planned as a triple-header, with Nationwide Series and Trucks in tow.
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