SPARTA, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Speedway's long wait for a NASCAR
Sprint Cup date is over.
Stock car's top series will visit the 1.5-mile oval for a
400-mile race on July 9, 2011. The track will receive one of the
Cup race dates normally reserved for Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The announcement ends a decade-long struggle for the track's
original owners to get a Cup race. They filed an antitrust lawsuit
against NASCAR and International Speedway Corp. in 2005, claiming
the two groups had an unfair monopoly over the sport. The case
ended earlier this year.
Speedway Motorsports Inc. owner Bruton Smith, who bought the
track in 2008, called the move a great victory for NASCAR and
The Cup race will be coupled with the annual visit from the
Nationwide Series, which had previously been run in June.