Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO, held a news conference Friday at Daytona International Speedway.
There, he was asked whether the new owner of Kentucky Speedway, Bruton Smith's Speedway Motorsports, Inc., had applied to move a Sprint Cup race to the Sparta racetrack for 2011.
As part of the same question, France also addressed whether the International Speedway Corporation has asked to move a second Cup date to the Kansas Speedway. ISC is a publicly traded company that also owns racetracks and that is controlled by the France family.
Here is what France said about Kentucky Speedway and a 2011 Cup race:
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"Well, the deadline has come and gone, and we have heard from the public companies and the track operators as to some of their wishes. We are digesting that now and working with them. You know, we typically put our schedule out, as you well know, usually around Labor Day, give or take a couple of weeks here or there. It's my hope we'll meet that goal. ... There are obviously now new requests from SMI and ISC. They've followed the policy that we have laid out on realignment. We'll have to see how it all fits into the greater schedule as we go in the next couple weeks. We just got it in pretty recent. I suspect we'll work through that and figure out what's best for everybody."