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 her among themselves 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, as he and 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 backstretch is nevertheless still at 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 see the slightly different ovals like to summarize in a group, because so far yielded, after all Chicagoland the best comparative figures 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), there was responsible for the construction of the other two intermediate ovals, while Kentucky was in the independent privately owned.
Owner Jerry Carroll was not even agree that his Speedway had received no place in the Sprint Cup and pulled unceremoniously in court. After several years, ended the dispute in 2008 with a defeat of Carroll, which NASCAR could not demonstrate the probably obvious cartels. The last possibility, still to come to an appointment in Calendar, offered at this time a sale to the ISC competing company 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 race on an SMI track for Kentucky had.
In mid-2010 it was known then, 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 in fact could 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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