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Thursday, February 17, 2011
Updated: July 6, 7:54 PM ET
Kentucky Speedway

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Kentucky Speedway
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Overview
Kentucky Speedway offers fans a unique opportunity to experience NASCAR history July 9, when the 117,000-capacity venue plays host to its inaugural 400-mile Sprint Cup Series spectacular.

The 1-mile, tri-oval track in Sparta, Ky., has built a reputation for generating ultra-tight and dramatic NASCAR finishes, with its graduated banking between the exit of Turn 4 and the start/finish line. Drivers who successfully navigate the key corner are in prime position to take the checkered flag and forever hold a place in Kentucky Speedway's rich race tradition.

Just a short day trip from Cincinnati, Louisville and Lexington, the newest member of the Speedway Motorsports Inc. family also is easily accessible from major markets such as Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Nashville and Knoxville.

In addition to its expanded seating capacity, Kentucky Speedway offers fans spacious reserved and infield campsites, enhanced club seating and expanded restroom and concession areas.

Address
Kentucky Speedway
1 Speedway Drive
Sparta, KY 41086
kentuckyspeedway.com
More track news is available through jayski.com.

Notable Events

Inaugural Sprint Cup Series Weekend
Thursday, July 7, 2011
• NSCS practice, 2:30 and 5:30 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
• NCWTS qualifying, 4:40 p.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
• UNOH 225, 8 p.m. (225 miles)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Gates open at 2 p.m.

Friday, July 8, 2011
• NNS practice, 9 a.m.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
• NSCS practice, 11:40 a.m.; final practice, 2 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
• NNS qualifying, 3:40 p.m.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
• NSCS qualifying, 5:10 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
• Feed The Children 300, 7:30 p.m. (300 miles)
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Gates open at 2 p.m.

Saturday, July 9, 2011
• Quaker State 400, 7:30 p.m. (400 miles)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Gates open at 2 p.m.

Tickets
Ticket office: 888-652-7223 or 859-578-2300
Online: Buy tickets | Seating chart

Track Specs
• Track length: 1.5 miles
• Banking: Turns are 14 degrees
• Lengths: Short chute from start/finish to Turn 1 -- 681 feet, banked 8 degrees; length of Turn 1 and Turn 2 -- 2,350 feet; length of front straightaway (including tri-oval) -- 1,662 feet; apex of tri-oval at the start/finish Line -- 300 feet, banked 10 degrees; length of Turn 3 to Turn 4 -- 2,308 feet; backstretch -- 1,600 feet, banked 4 degress; and short chute from Turn 4 to start/finish -- 681 feet, banked 8 degrees
• Race length: 400 miles (Nationwide, 300 miles; trucks, 225 miles)
• Grandstand seating capacity: 117,000
• Opened: 2000

Carry-In Items
• Coolers: Not allowed.
• Glass containers: Not allowed.
• Alcoholic beverages: Not allowed.
• Cameras/binoculars: Allowed; must be worn separately.

Souvenirs and Displays
Merchandise: Driver and NASCAR merchandise haulers on-site.

Autographs
Check local newspapers and television; drivers rarely available on race day.

Pit Area Guidelines
Fan Zone and Prerace Fan Zone passes are available; call 859-578-2300 or visit kentuckyspeedway.com for details.

Camping
Reserved campsites available on the infield and areas immediately surrounding the speedway.

Associated Driving Schools
Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure
888-GO-RACE-1
Website

Richard Petty Driving Experience
800-BE-PETTY
Website

NASCAR Racing Experience
877-RACE-LAP
Website

Fast Track High Performance Driving School
704-455-1700
Website

Getting There
• From the north (Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton):
Take I-71/I-75 South toward Lexington/Louisville.
Merge onto I-71 South towards Lousiville.
Take Speedway exit 55 Vevay, Ind., and/or Speedway exit 57 Warsaw/Sparta.

• From the south (Lexington, Knoxville):
Take I-75 North toward Cincinnati.
Merge onto I-71 South towards Louisville.
Take Speedway exit 55 Vevay, Ind., and/or Speedway exit 57 Warsaw/Sparta.

• From the west (Lousiville):
Take I-71 North toward Cincinnati.
Take Speedway exit 55 Vevay, Ind., and/or Speedway exit 57 Warsaw/Sparta.

Parking
• Free parking: Available.
• Handicapped parking: Available; permit required.