Odds & Ends - Kentucky
June 26, 2012
By VI News
In 1998, the track broke ground in Sparta, Kentucky, and opened as a 1.5-mile speedway in 2000.
The original owners, Jerry Carroll and four other investors owned the track until 2008, when current owners, Speedway Motorsports Inc. purchased the facility.
Since 2000, the track has hosted 11 NASCAR Nationwide Series (2001-2011) and 13 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races (2000-2011).
The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was held in 2011.
There has been one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway (2011).
The first NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying at Kentucky was cancelled due to weather. The starting line-up was set per the NASCAR Rule Book.
Kyle Busch won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race; he started from the first position.
The 2011 event had 20 lead changes among 20 leaders.
Of the scheduled 267 laps, Kyle Busch led the most with 125, followed by Brad Keselowski with 79 laps led.
23 cars of the 43-car field finished on the lead lap, with 34 cars running at the finish.
The margin of victory for the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky was 0.179 seconds.
Youngest/Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kentucky Speedway winner: Kyle Busch (07/09/2011 - 26 years, 2 months, 7 days).
Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers in wins at 1.5-mile race tracks(16 wins).
Kentucky Speedway Data
Race #: 17 of 36 (06-30-12)
Track Size: 1.5 miles
Race Length: 267 laps / 400.5 miles
Banking/Turns: 14 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 8 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 4 degrees
Frontstretch: 1,662 feet
Backstretch: 1,600 feet
Top 12 Driver Rating at Kentucky
Kyle Busch 145.6
Jimmie Johnson 119.8
Brad Keselowski 118.6
Kurt Busch 118.5
Carl Edwards 108.2
David Reutimann 105.8
Matt Kenseth 103.1
Juan Pablo Montoya 100.7
Tony Stewart 97.2
Kasey Kahne 94.6
David Ragan 94.1
Kevin Harvick 85.8
Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (one total) at Kentucky.
2011 pole winner: None due to weather
2011 race winner: Kyle Busch, (137.314 mph, 2:55:00, 07-09-11)
Track qualifying record: None due to weather
Track race record: Kyle Busch, (137.314 mph, 2:55:00, 07-09-11)
NASCAR in Kentucky
There have been two NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Kentucky:
41 drivers from NASCAR's three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Kentucky