Kentucky Speedway will have a Sprint Cup race in 2011

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.