July 2, 2013 |
MATT KENSETH has raced long enough to know that rough starts can still have good outcomes. Especially when his crew chief takes chances. Case in point was Kenseth's fuel-only pit stop gamble that helped him beat Jimmie Johnson late to win the rescheduled 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race yesterday at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. A race that was Johnson's to lose ultimately became Kenseth's series-high fourth victory of the season - and third on a 1.5-mile track - after crew chief Jason Ratcliff passed on putting new tires on the No. 20 Toyota following the race's ninth caution.
July 2, 2013 |
SPARTA, Ky. - Matt Kenseth's fuel-only pit-road gamble helped him beat Jimmie Johnson and win Sunday's rescheduled NASCAR Sprint Cup race, the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. A race that was Johnson's to lose ultimately became Kenseth's series-high fourth victory of the season even though he passed on getting new tires after the race's ninth caution. He widened his lead after a wild four-wide restart on Lap 246 in which Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet spun from second place on a dominant day when he led three times for 182 of 267 laps.
July 1, 2013 |
SPARTA, Ky. - Steady rain washed out the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 on Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway. The race was rescheduled for noon Sunday. With a 60 percent chance of rain Sunday, NASCAR officials are hoping that the storms cruise past instead of interrupting track-drying efforts. If NASCAR can't get the race in Sunday, it likely would try again Monday.
September 23, 2012
Rookie Austin Dillon took advantage of misfortune by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Elliott Sadler to win the Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky. Sam Hornish Jr. was second, followed by Brendan Gaughan , Drew Herring , and Sadler, who reclaimed the season points lead from Stenhouse. Dillon seemed destined for a runner-up run behind Sadler, who got an opening when Stenhouse collided with Eric McClure. Sadler had steering issues with 50 laps left.
July 1, 2012
Brad Keselowski raced to his third win of the year, grabbing the lead with 55 laps remaining and holding off all challengers Saturday night in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. The 28-year-old won earlier this year at Bristol and Talladega. Kasey Kahne rode a late surge to second place, 4.399 seconds back of Keselowski. Denny Hamlin was third, Dale Earnhardt Jr. fourth and Jeff Gordon fifth. Austin Dillon drove NASCAR's fabled No. 3 to victory in the Nationwide Series race at Kentucky, but had the win questioned in the post-race inspection.
June 30, 2012 |
SPARTA, Ky. - Pole-sitter Austin Dillon, driving the legendary No. 3 car, led most of the final 113 laps to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway on Friday night. The No. 3 was driven to fame by Dale Earnhardt before his death on the track at the 2001 Daytona 500. Richard Childress was the team owner for Earnhardt, and is also the grandfather and team owner for Dillon. As Dillon was clinching the win, his grandfather said over the radio, "Dale would have been proud of that.
June 28, 2012 |
This week's NASCAR race Quaker State 400 Kentucky Speedway Sparta, Ky. When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. TV/Radio: TNT/WNPV (1440-AM) Race course: 1.5-mile oval Race distance: 400 miles/267 laps Race forecast: partly cloudy, high 90s Last year's winner: Kyle Busch Last year's pole winner: none, inclement weather; starting lineup determined by points. Track facts: Last year's inaugural race at the track was marred by a monumental traffic mess.
July 14, 2011 |
AS LONG AS NASCAR has existed, we've had bickering drivers. Now, we have sniping track operators. Following the massive traffic mess Saturday that blemished Kentucky Speedway's first Sprint Cup race and kept some fans from even making it to the track in time for the race, Roger Curtis, president of Michigan International Speedway, issued a shot-across-the-bow statement. "As a track promoter," Curtis wrote, "I am saddened and embarrassed about what happened [at Kentucky]
August 16, 2002 |
Three days after his race car smashed into a wall at Kentucky Speedway, actor Jason Priestley had surgery on his broken back and feet. The former Beverly Hills 90210 television star had the operations at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. No update of Priestley's condition following surgery had been announced, hospital spokesman John Mills said. Before the operation, Priestley was listed in serious condition. Doctors have said they expect him to make a full recovery. The 32-year-old Priestley was badly hurt Sunday when his car spun out of control on Turn 2 and hit the wall nearly head-on during practice for the Kentucky 100. Besides fractures to both feet and to his spine, Priestley also had a moderate concussion, a bruise around his left eye, and cuts on his nose, left cheek and neck.
August 13, 2002 |
Actor Jason Priestley is becoming more alert and should recover fully from a concussion, broken back and other injuries suffered when his race car crashed into a wall at 180 m.p.h., doctors said yesterday. The former Beverly Hills 90210 star, competing in the new Infiniti Pro Series, spun into the wall at Kentucky Speedway during practice Sunday. Priestley, 32, was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center with a spinal fracture and a head injury, as well as a broken nose and broken bones in both feet.