Brad Keselowski was clearly on a roll this past weekend, competing in all three Kentucky Speedway-hosted races and taking first place in the Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400. Careful management of fuel mileage gave Keselowski the edge as he took his Penske Racing #2 Didge through the final 56 laps of the race, adding a second victory at Kentucky to his racing career record. In a post-race interview the NASCAR driver noted that “Hard work equals results and today this team got the results”, adding that “It feels pretty dang good.” Keselowski finished in second place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Thursday, and in seventh place in the NNS Feed The Children 300 on Friday Night. While acknowledging that he had wanted victories in all three races, he was pleased with the weekend’s results.
With earlier victories at Talladega and Bristol, Keselowski is 10th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, putting him in line to be one of the top 10 drivers to make the Chase after 26 races. An additional two wild cards drawn from rankings 11 to 20 with the most wins will join the top ten in the Chase. There are still nine races ahead and the field is still wide open, with the current top 12, in order, being Matt Kenseth (633 points); Dale Earnhardt Jr. (622 points); Jimmie Johnson (610 points); Greg Biffle (608 points); Denny Hamlin (565 points); Kevin Harvick (565 points); Clint Bowyer (557 points); Martin Truex Jr. (556 points); Tony Stewart (545 points); Brad Keselowski (537 points); Carl Edwards (503 points); and Kyle Busch (495 points).
Keselowski joined Penske Racing in 2010, and currently drives the #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger in the Sprint Cup Series, and the #22 Discount Tire Company/Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger in the Nationwide Series. In the 2012 season, Keselowski will be competing in a number of Camping World Truck Series as teammate to Parker Kligerman and for his own team, Brad Keselowski Racing. After a less than auspicious beginning, Keselowski’s victories this season included the Food City 500 at Bristol, and the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega, the latter being the first time that a Dodge won a Sprint Cup race at Talladego since Dave Marcis took the checkered flag in 1976.
As the season continues, and the competition hots up, auto racing fans are in for some exciting times. The next race is the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona on July 7, 2012.
To watch the best drivers from around the country, as far as Florida, Texas, California and Kentucky, show off their extraordinary driving skills, motoring enthusiasts are advised to ensure that they attend the 34th Annual World Figure 8 Championship on 11 September 2010. It is where more than ninety drivers will continue to drive in a figure of eight, non-stop, for three hours. The thrill and excitement of this event is not to be missed, and is an event that the entire family can enjoy.
To find out more information about this historical track and the World Figure 8 Championship, visit the Indianapolis Speedrome website at www.speedrome.com.
Date: 11 September 2010
Venue: Indianapolis Speedrome
Country: United States of America
Located in Sparta, Kentucky, the Kentucky Speedway has played host to some of America’s most popular racing events, including the NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, IRL IndyCar Series, IRL Firestone Indy Lights, and the ARCA RE/MAX Series. It is a 1.5 mile tri-oval track measuring 70 feet wide with 12 foot shoulders and turns banked at 14 degrees. The grandstands have a seating capacity of more than 60,000 with a 2,000 seat Bluegrass Club and plenty of camping spaces and facilities to accommodate the crowds of racing enthusiasts attracted to the track by its program of events.
Some of the “firsts” recorded for the Kentucky Speedway include the first race on June 16, 2000, being the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series “Kentucky 150”. The attendance at the event was 36,210 and the winner was Bill Bigley Jr., with an average speed of 111.747 mph in his #28 Peerless Woodworking/Nevamar Decorative Services Chevrolet. The purse was set at $95,050. The first pole sitter at this inaugural event was Brian Smith in his #20 Juba Glass Chevrolet Monte Carlo, with a qualifying time of 150.038 mph. The first winning crew chief was Bill Bigley, Sr.
In May 2008, Speedway Motorsports bought Kentucky Speedway from Jerry Carroll, with the deal finalized in October of that year. Its been reported that the new owners aim to secure a place in the NASCAR Sprint Series, but as at the end of 2009 this had not yet become a reality. Nonetheless, Kentucky Speedway continues to host the other events mentioned at the outset, offering auto racing enthusiasts a world-class venue to enjoy their favorite fast-paced sport.
From relatively humble beginnings in Daytona Beach, Florida, NASCAR has gone on to take the country by storm. It certainly is one of the most popular auto racing sports in northern America and people not only flock to the race-tracks but stay glued to their TV screens to enjoy as much of the action as possible. Of course, the real thrill for spectators is to make their way down to the nearest NASCAR track, since there is no better way to experience the excitement and atmosphere of a NASCAR event. Besides being at the trackside to witness all the action first hand, fans can often meet their favourite NASCAR drivers and get their autographs. They also get to enjoy the funfair atmosphere that usually surrounds these exciting events.
In order to cater for this ever-growing and ever-popular sport, more and more NASCAR tracks have sprung up around the country, giving people every opportunity to enjoy live racing. You will find The Milwaukee Mile in Milwaukee, the Kentucky Speedway in Kentucky, the Nashville Superspeedway in Tennessee and the Texas Motor Speedway in Texas. Fans can head to the Phoenix International Raceway, the Watkins Glen International Speedway, the Dover International Speedway and the Nazareth Speedway. There are also racetracks in Kansas, Illinois, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Chicago, amongst others. In fact, you will likely find a racetrack near you with very little effort.
So why not get in on the action and find the NASCAR racing track nearest to you? We have provided a brief description of as many different NASCAR tracks as possible. We hope that you will find the information useful and that you will be encouraged to support live NASCAR racing events. There is simply no substitute for it – you just have to experience a live race at least once in your life. If you are a major fan, you might even consider travelling around the country a bit and enjoying the thrill and excitement at different NASCAR tracks. Whatever you decide to do, remember that Autoracing.com is always available to give you information about NASCAR racing.
NASCAR Race Tracks
- Atlanta Motor Speedway
- Bristol Motor Speedway
- California Speedway
- Chicagoland Speedway
- Concord Motorsport Park
- Darlington Speedway
- Daytona International Speedway
- Dover International Speedway
- Evergreen Speedway
- Gateway International Raceway
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- Infineon Raceway
- Kansas Speedway
- Kentucky Speedway
- Las Vegas Motor Speedway
- Charlotte Motor Speedway
- Martinsville Speedway
- Milwaukee Mile
- Nashville Superspeedway
- Nazareth Speedway
- Phoenix International Raceway
- Pikes Peak International Raceway
- Pocono Raceway
- Richmond International Raceway
- Talladega SuperSpeedway
- Texas Motor Speedway
- Watkins Glen International