Kentucky Speedway

Kentucky Speedway lawsuit resolved

A lawsuit involving Kentucky Speedway has been resolved, paving the way for the Sparta track to be considered for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Four trusts controlled by Dick Duchossois, a founding partner in the track, had been engaged in litigation with former track owner Jerry Carroll. The litigation was related to an antitrust suit over whether NASCAR and International Speedway Corp. had conspired illegally to keep the speedway from getting a Sprint Cup race.

NASCAR and ISC won the 2005 suit and an appeal, but the wrangling between Duchossois and Carroll remained over whether to continue to appeal. NASCAR had said it would not consider allowing Kentucky Speedway to host a Sprint Cup race until the case was resolved.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that a settlement between Duchossois and Carroll has been reached. A bench trial scheduled for May 7 was cancelled.

The speedway is now operated by Speedway Motorsports Inc., whose chairman is Bruton Smith.