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Posts Tagged ‘Kentucky Speedway.’

Kurt Busch wins wild Nationwide race at Daytona

 

Kyle Busch (megasportsnews.com photo)

Kurt Busch was the winner of a wild and crash-filled Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night. Busch held on for the last hundred yards in his battered car.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was second, Michael Arnett finished third, Austin Dillon fourth and Joey Logano rounded out the top five.

Dillon’s car spun across the track as he crossed the finish line and made contact with two other cars becoming finally stopping.

What a difference a week makes. Last weekend at Kentucky Speedway, Dillon was the winner, while Busch finished second.

The race had several crashes that left half the field on the lead lap for a green-white-checkered finish. Busch started the two-lap sprint to the title chasing Dillon, but with the help of Stenhouse, Jr., Busch was able to take the win.

Busch’s win was his second of the season and first with Phoenix Racing. His other win was for his brother, Kyle Busch Motorsports, at Richmond International Raceway.

 

Info compiled from NASCAR Nationwide Series, Radio & TV news

Keselowski wins Quaker State 400 race at Kentucky Speedway

 

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SPARTA, KENTUCKY — Driving his backup car, Brad Keselowski raced to his third win of the year, grabbing the lead with 55 laps to go and held off all challengers Saturday night in the NASCAR Quaker State 400 race at Kentucky Speedway.

Brad Keselowski's winning car

This year’s race went smooth as silk after track and Kentucky government officials spent the 365 days widening ramps, roads and highways and added 20,000 parking spaces. The initial Cup race in 2011 was marred by severe traffic jams and congestion which resulted in thousands of angry fans that got turned away due to no parking spaces being available.

Brad Keselowski (R) with crew chief, Paul Wolfe

The 28-year-old Keselowski, who is from the Detroit suburb of Rochester Hills, Michigan, won his seventh win in his five years in the Sprint Cup Series. He has two other wins this season at Bristol and Talladega.

The always-energetic and humorous Keselowski, was driving his backup car after wrecking the right side of his top car into the wall in a collision with Juan Pablo Montoya during practice earlier in the week during practice sessions. That accident occured on his first lap on the track.

Kasey Kahne came through with a late surge to finish second; Denny Hamlin was third, Dale Earnhardt Jr. came in fourth and Jeff Gordon was fifth.

2011 race champion Kurt Busch had the dominant car early in the first half of the race before he was bumped into a wall and had to battle suspension problems and a shock absorber which dropped into a non-contention state.

Tony Stewart was never a factor as he fell to the back of the pack with fuel-injection problems.

 

 

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NASCAR RACE PREVIEW #17: Quaker State 400 at KY Speedway tonight, 7:30 P.M. on TNT

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves to the Bluegrass State  for the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Sparta is 30 miles from Cincinnati and 60 miles from Louisville on Interstate 71.

The Quaker State 400 will start at 7:30 p.m. and be televised by TNT.

The expected crowd of 104,000 will see the 400-mile race encompass 267 laps on the 1.5-mile oval.

The asphalt track features a 70-foot wide racing surface with a 12-foot apron banking in the 4 turns. Turn 4 is used by the drivers to gain momentum or hold race position.

The 2011 race was bittersweet for Speedway Motorsports Inc. The track finally was able to land a Cup race but not everyone was able to see it. The traffic and parking debacle saw miles-on-mile long backups on all roads leading to the track (I-71, Highway 35, US Route 42) and patrons had to be turned away by the thousands.

The track purchased land surrounding their land and converted it into parking lots/fields and the state of Kentucky widened Highway 35 and built a pedestrian tunnel.

RECAPPING THE 2011 QUAKER STATE 400:

While most fans had to listen to the race on the radio due to being turned away, the race went on and was very exciting. Kyle Busch was the pole-sitter and led 125 of the 267 laps and held off David Reutimann for his third win of the season. Busch’s win at the time, allowed him to take over the points lead in the Cup Series.

For more information on the race, log onto NASCAR.com or KentuckySpeedway.com.

Michael Waltrip to use Kentucky Wildcats scheme on his #55 Toyota for Sprint Cup race at KY

Michael Waltrip (center) with UK AD Mitch Barnhart (left) and Wildcats mascot at unveling of UK scheme car (photo courtesy of Russ Walker)

Michael Waltrip eventhough he is always on the road racing cars, he has not forgotten his love for his native Kentucky.

The native of Owensboro and two-time Daytona 500 winner unveiled a car honoring his favorite college sports team.

Waltrip was at Kentucky Speedway, site of tonight’s (Saturday, June 30, 2012) NASCAR Sprint Cup, Quaker State 400 race, to unveil a new paint scheme on the Michael Waltrip Racing #55 Toyota which pays tribute to the University of Kentucky national champion basketball team.

Waltrip has raced in 767 NASCAR Sprint Cup Races covering 28 years. He has 4 wins, 129 top 10 finishes and has captured 4 poles.

 

Info compiled from Michael Waltrip Racing, NASCAR Sprint Cup, Radio & TV news

Buescher wins NASCAR World Camping Series UNOH 225 at KY Speedway

james Buescher (photo by John Harrelson of Getty Images, courtesy NASCARmedia.com)

It took James Buescher 76 races to win his first NASCAR Truck Series race when he took the SFP 250 in Kansas back in April.

It did not take him long to earn his second victory. Count it, four attempts!

The 22-year-old from the state of Texas led for 119 of the 150 laps, including the final 43, en route to winning the 2012 Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225 at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky.

It was his second win at Kentucky Speedway, having been successful at the track in the ARCA race in 2009.

He became the series’ first two-time winner of 2012. Finishing second was Brad Keselowski followed by Ty Dillon, pole-sitter Matt Crafton and Timothy Peters.

At the start of the race, the temperature on the track was 117 degrees, with air temps of 98. It was the hottest air temperature ever for a Kentucky Speedway event, bypassing the 88 degree temperature for the Indy Car race in 2004.

 

Info compiled from NASCAR Camping World Trucks, Kentucky Speedway, Radio & TV news

 

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