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21. Is the path now clear for a Sprint Cup race in Kentucky? It was announced last week that all legal appeals regarding the anti-trust lawsuit against NASCAR by the former owners of Kentucky Speedway are now over. The stock-car governing body has consistently said it would not consider allowing a Cup race in the commonwealth until that lawsuit ended.
20. The view from Sparta: "I am now extremely optimistic about Sprint Cup racing coming to Kentucky Speedway," track General Manager Mark Simendinger said Monday. "It's no secret that has been (current track owner) Bruton Smith's goal since the day he bought this place."
19. From where would a Cup date for Kentucky come? Bruton Smith has said he would be willing to move a Cup Series date from one of the other tracks his company, Speedway Motorsports, Inc., owns. Most recent speculation has focused on Atlanta (which has two Cup dates) or the road course at Infineon (which has only one) as the most likely sources to lose a race to Kentucky.
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18. Another option: It's also possible Smith and SMI could try to buy either the Pocono (Pa.) or Dover (Del.) racetracks — two of the last three remaining "independent tracks" (Indianapolis is the other) that have Cup events — and move one of their race dates to Kentucky.
17. Expansion necessary for Cup? For a Sprint Cup race to come to Sparta, most believe you would need to expand seating capacity at the track from the current 66,000 (give or take) to at least 90,000.
16. So is it already too late for Cup racing at Kentucky in 2011? "I really don't think so, but I don't know," Simendinger said Monday. "I guess we're all going to find out about the same time. In our company it's all up to Bruton Smith. He's the one who makes the decisions."
15. What SMI is saying: Earlier this month, Bill Brooks, the chief financial officer for SMI, told a financial conference call that "while we remain pretty confident that we're ultimately going to succeed in obtaining a Sprint Cup Series race for Kentucky, it's hard for us to predict with any certainty when the realignment might occur. It may not be feasible until after the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season."
14. Cup drivers at Kentucky: While the date of a big-league stock-car race coming to the commonwealth remains foggy, Sprint Cup regulars Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski are slated to run in the Nationwide Series race in Sparta June 12.
13. Rondo the magnificent: Going into Monday night's Boston-Orlando Game 4, former Kentucky guard Rajon Rondo was averaging 17.3 points, 10.7 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 2.1 steals in 14 playoff contests.
12. A $55 million bargain: The Celtics signing Rondo to a five-year, $55 million extension before the current season now looks like an all-out heist for the C's.
11. Bob Cousy on Rondo: "I've been watching the Celtics for the last 50 years,'' the Boston legend told ESPNBoston.com earlier this month, "and Rondo is the first point guard since moi that I've been really excited about."
10. West is best? When it comes to entertainment value, the up-tempo Western Conference finals between Los Angeles and Phoenix is a much better show than the East.
9. Wall to Wall: The 2010 NBA Mock Draft database links to 71 Internet NBA mocks; 66 of them have John Wall as the No. 1 overall pick.
8. Coach K to Cavs? Monday's speculation linking U.S. Olympics hoops coach Mike Krzyzewski to coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers followed last week's John Calipari will coach LeBron James buzz. It seems clear that every college coach who has ever met James will be rumored to be his next NBA boss until the King ends his free agency.
7. Keith Dambrot. We'll know for sure the above is true when the Akron Zips head man makes the NBA coaching rumor mill. Dambrot coached LeBron James for two years in high school.
6. A $750,000 bargain: Through Sunday's games, Lexington product Austin Kearns was hitting .304 with three home runs and 20 RBI for the Cleveland Indians and doing it for a (in baseball terms) measly three-quarters of a million bucks.
5. UK football recruiting's fast start: With the commitment of South Carolina wide receiver Antonio Cannon, Joker Phillips now has eight verbal commitments for his 2011 class.
4. What a difference a year makes: This time last year, UK football had one verbal pledge — from South Carolina defensive end Justin Henderson. The Cats did not get their eighth commitment last season until Sept. 15.
3. Louisville recruiting 'Strong' too: New U of L coach Charlie Strong has 12 commitments for 2011, including five from Jefferson County.
2. 'Dancing with the Stars': Via Twitter, John Calipari implored UK fans to vote for ESPN's Erin Andrews in the DWTS finale this week. Actually, the commonwealth's dance loyalty should be with Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger, who grew up in Louisville.
1. Kenny Payne. If the former U of L forward, as expected, joins Calipari's Kentucky staff, you'll have one former Card coaching at UK and two ex-Cats players (Walter McCarty and Steve Masiello) on the sidelines at U of L.
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