Not only has Matt Kenseth been the only contender to get his nose down over Brad Keselowski’s Miller Lite Ford and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch, he has three top-5 runs in the Quaker State 400 and never come home worse than seventh, giving him an average finishing position of 4.6 at the track — second only to Busch’s 3.8.
Kentucky Speedway is only in its sixth year as a Sprint Cup track, yet it seems on its way to developing a unique victory “symbol” all its own. Last year, as part of a sponsorship agreement with Louisville-based Crosley Brands, the Sparta track started presenting jukeboxes to its race winners.
Ben Rhodes, a 2015 graduate of Louisville’s Holy Cross High School, has found his first year driving full-time in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series educational in ways both good (back-to-back top 5 runs) and not-as-good (first trip to the NASCAR hauler after a last-lap wreck with the race leader).
The Bristol Motor Speedway has sold 150,000 tickets for Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech in college football to be played on a field installed inside the racetrack. Is there any way the Kentucky Speedway could play host to a college football game such as Kentucky-Louisville — or a game featuring even bigger-name football schools?
The installation of the new racing surface at Kentucky Speedway is in its latter stages. For the venue whose marketing identity had been built around the bumpiness of the old racetrack, it is the dawn of a new era