Kentucky Speedway is a 1. 5-mile tri-oval speedway in Sparta, Kentucky, which has hosted ARCA, NASCAR and Indy Racing League racing annually since it opened in 2000. The track is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. and Jerry Carroll. The speedway has a capacity of 107,000. Construction of the began in 1998 and was completed in mid-2000. The speedway has hosted the Camping World Truck Series, Xfinity Series, IndyCar Series, and the Firestone Indy Lights Series and most recently, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series beginning in 2011. On January 8,1998, Jerry Carroll announced that he and four other investors were going to build a $153 million racing facility in Sparta, five months later, groundbreaking ceremonies were held on July 18,1998. While construction continued, it was announced that the speedway would open with an ARCA race in 2000, afterward, it was announced that the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series would promote a race following the ARCA race. Testing at the track began with Bill Baird, who participated in ARCA, in November 1999, it was announced that it would also hold a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in 2000. The speedway continued to announce races for the 2000 racing season, several months later, the speedway decided to resurface the track because of bumps in the surface from winter. On June 16,2000, the speedway opened with a Slim Jim All Pro Series event, one day later, the speedway held its first major series, the Craftsman Truck Series, which was won by Greg Biffle. In August of the year, Buddy Lazier won the inaugural IndyCar Series race. On August 29,2000, NASCAR announced that Kentucky Speedway would also sanction a Busch Series race in 2001, one year after the speedway opened, it held its first Busch Series event, with Kevin Harvick emerging as the winner. During the 2002 Infiniti Pro Series race at the track, Jason Priestley suffered a concussion and fractures to his spine and feet. Three years later, Carroll began his efforts to receive a Nextel Cup Series event at the track, while trying to do so, Kentucky Speedway filed an anti-trust lawsuit against NASCAR and the International Speedway Corporation. The reason for the lawsuit was the claim that both companies violated federal antitrust laws because of restricting the awarding of Nextel Cup Series events. The lawsuit continued for three years before concluding in January 2008 with Judge William O. Bertelsman dismissing the trial with ISC, during May 2008, the speedway announced that Speedway Motorsports Inc. bought the speedway from Jerry Carroll. Bruton Smith invested $50 million in the speedway, and planned to move a NASCAR Cup Series event to the track by 2009, however, the speedway did not receive a NASCAR Cup Series event in the 2009 season. Also in 2009, the lawsuit against NASCAR and ISC was dropped by Carroll, the speedway continued playing host to Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide Series, IndyCar, and Firestone Indy Lights Series events through 2010 and further
View of the track from outside turn 3.
This is the early morning hours of race day at Kentucky Speedway.
Brad Keselowski goes for a spin that takes out multiple cars at Kentucky Speedway in the 2013 Quaker State 400.