Countdown to the Cup: NASCAR comes to Kentucky next week

We're now less than two weeks away from the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.

Herald-Leader sports columnist Mark Story will help fans prepare for the big racing weekend by providing facts you might not know about NASCAR, Kentucky Speedway and the drivers coming to the commonwealth.

Visit Mark Story's blog on to read a new segment every day leading up to the race.

Also find more on NASCAR in our That's Racin' page online.

Here is how the weekend at Kentucky Speedway will unfold:

Thursday, July 7: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225, 8 p.m. (Speed Channel)

Friday, July 8: NASCAR Nationwide Series Feed The Children 300, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, July 9: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400, 8 p.m. (TNT)

Tickets are still available for all three races.

Keep up with all the news from Kentucky Speedway leading up to the race on