Kentucky Speedway Racing Preview
Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series drivers are all at Kentucky Speedway this weekend and for Cup drivers it’ll be their first visit to the state of Kentucky in 57 years.
Kentucky becomes the first track added to the Cup schedule since Chicagoland Speedway and Kansas Speedway in 2001. The mile and a half track about 40 miles south of Cincinnati got a date on the schedule when Atlanta lost one of its two annual dates. Atlanta’s only Cup event this year will be Labor Day weekend.
Because Kentucky is a new track on the Sprint Cup schedule, teams were given an extra day of practice on Thursday.
For regulars in the Nationwide Series it could be a bit of an advantage.
Kyle Busch has led at least one lap in all four of his Nationwide races at Kentucky and won the the
Nationwide race there in 2004. He’s also driven in truck events there.
Carl Edwards has driven in six Nationwide and three truck races at Kentucky and has one win in each series,.
Kevin Harvick has one victory in two Nationwide appearances.
The Nationwide race is Friday night.
The trucks ran on Thursday night. Kyle Busch started last but finished first. He’s pulling triple duty this weekend, driving in all three series.
NASCAR will be going to all fuel injected cars in place of carburetors next year and they’ll be testing them for the first time this weekend. Various teams Chevy, Ford, Dodge and Toyota are all expected to test them.