In May, Kentucky Speedway announced that Toyota had replaced Ford as “the official vehicle” of the Sparta track. With NASCAR in Sparta over the weekend for the first time since that announcement, Toyota certainly treated the joint like it owned it.
Martin Truex Jr., almost saw a dominant run give way to a potentially devastating overtime finish, but held off fresher tires behind him on the restart and won the Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway.
The NASCAR Xfinity Alsco 300 was postponed Friday evening due to severe thunderstorms in the area. The race has been rescheduled for noon Saturday as part of a doubleheader with the Monster Energy Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts.
If you’re just tuning into NASCAR as it comes to Kentucky Speedway this week, you’re going to notice some changes to how the races are run. The Quaker State 400 at Sparta marks the midway point of the season and a good time to look at how the new stage format influences each race and the season point standings.
You may have noticed, NASCAR is hemorrhaging star power. Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards are already gone. Dale Earnhardt Jr. soon will be. The good news is an exciting cast of young drivers is moving into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s farewell due to his pending retirement is getting the prerace attention before the 2017 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, but Danica Patrick’s uncertain sponsorship and lackluster on-track results have many wondering if her time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series could be ending in 2017, too.
NASCAR roars into Kentucky Speedway this week with Monster Energy points leader Kyle Larson and the rest of the pack looking to break the stranglehold Brad Keselowski seems to have on the track’s main event. NASCAR’s three top series — Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Trucks — all have races in Sparta this week.
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case in which the state of New Jersey is seeking to legalize sports betting. If the Garden State prevails, could it lead to pari-mutuel wagering on NASCAR races at Kentucky Speedway similar to what currently exists at horse racing tracks like Keeneland and Churchill Downs?
Tom Schlotman had never been to a NASCAR race before last year’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Thanks to a parking lot fire that engulfed his car, Schlotman ended up being a big part of last year’s NASCAR story in Sparta.