Kentucky Speedway will host a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night, July 9, 2011. The new Kentucky Speedway race replaces the March race traditionally hosted by Atlanta Motor Speedway and will be accompanied by a NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday night, July 8, 2011.
The race weekend will mark the first time NASCAR has entered a new market with the Sprint Cup Series since 2001.
“Our goal as a company since we purchased Kentucky Speedway was to bring a Sprint Cup Series race to the passionate NASCAR fans in Kentucky and throughout the Midwest region,” said Bruton Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports, Inc..
Atlanta Motor Speedway will host a Sprint Cup Series race on September 4th, as part of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule.
Next year Speedway Motorsports will host six of its 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races during the summer tourism season. The 2011 schedule will include; Memorial Day Weekend (Charlotte Motor Speedway), Labor Day Weekend (Atlanta Motor Speedway) and summertime stops at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Kentucky Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway.
Kentucky Speedway covers 820 acres in Sparta, Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati, Ohio. The circuit has a 1.5-mile tri-oval speedway, with chair-back grandstand seating for 69,000 spectators and 53 luxury suites.
Speedway Motorsports intends to make significant improvements to Kentucky Speedway to prepare for the July 9, 2011 race. The company has begun expanding onsite roads and modernizing the camping, restrooms and other facilities. Furthermore, plans are under way for additional permanent grandstand seating.