At past Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway, fans in Dale Earnhardt Jr. hats and shirts appeared to outnumber backers of all other drivers combined. With Dale Jr. now retired and working as a NBC race analyst, who does his massive fan base now root for instead?
Since Kentucky Speedway opened in 2000, no native Kentuckian has run better than fifth in a major NASCAR series. Louisvillian Ben Rhodes, 21, yearns to change that in the 2018 Camping World Trucks Series race in Sparta.
Former Kentucky Wildcats football star Sam Ball, two-time Triple Crown-winning Thoroughbred horse trainer Bob Baffert and ultra-successful Jessamine County Thoroughbred horse owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey headline the seven inductees in the 2018 Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame class
According to a Reuters report published Monday, NASCAR majority owners — including the France family, who founded the motorsports company in 1948 — are exploring a potential sale of their majority stake. The report said all talks are preliminary.