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Overtime battle between Busch brothers decides Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Quaker State 400

The next time Kentucky Speedway celebrates a milestone anniversary, the finish of the 2019 Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart will be a no-brainer to include in any highlight reel. July 13, 2019: #1: Kurt Busch, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Monster Energy during the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. (HHP/Harold Hinson) A late caution pushed Saturday’s Monster Energy...

Custer handles changes in track conditions, scores Xfinity Series-leading fifth victory in Alsco 300

Mike Shiplett knew the characteristics of Kentucky Speedway’s racing surface were going to change Friday as the sun set, the lights came on and the laps added up in the Alsco 300. July 12, 2019: #00: Cole Custer, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Haas Automation during the Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta Ky. (HHP/Harold Hinson) The transition factored into his strategy for Cole Custer...

NASCAR Truck Series Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 produces first-time winner in Ankrum, Rhodes is 19th

Tyler Ankrum’s truck was not bare of sponsors, but what the 18-year-old accomplished Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway called to mind the summer night in 2006 when David Gilliland scored a most improbable victory at the track while driving an unsponsored car for a part-time team. Ankrum Gilliland and Bo LeMastus, CEO of Louisville-based Crosley Brands, co-own the No. 17 Toyota that Ankrum drove...

Who has the most to gain…and to lose at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in Sparta Saturday

As Kentucky Speedway in Sparta heads into its triple header weekend, NASCAR Intergrated Marketing offers this evaluation of the Monster Energy Cup race and it’s potential impact on the season. Kentucky’s prized thoroughbreds If you’re looking to pick a favorite for this weekend’s race at Kentucky Speedway, you would be well served to go with Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch or Martin...

Kentucky Speedway’s Military Appreciation Program raises more than $10,000 for local USO

Kentucky Speedway’s Military Appreciation hospitality program on the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart race weekend raised $10,275 for the USO of Central and Southern Ohio. Lance Erwin, Director of Ticket Sales & Services, Kentucky Speedway; Sherry Ems, Executive Director USO Central and Southern Ohio; Mark Simendinger, General Manager, Kentucky Speedway (provided photo) “The USO does great...

Truex, Jr. repeats as Quaker State 400 winner at KY Speedway, gains momentum as playoff approaches

By Kevin Kelly Kentucky Speedway The competition tried pit road strategy to get ahead of Martin Truex, Jr. on Saturday at Kentucky Speedway because his car was too fast everywhere else. The ploy worked, but only temporarily. July 14, 2018: Martin Truex Jr wins the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY. (HHP/Ashley R Dickerson) Dominant on 1.5-mile tracks last season, Truex Jr. returned...

Bell overcomes spin to win NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway Friday night

By Kevin Kelly Kentucky Speedway A spin in the final round of NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying on Friday at Kentucky Speedway set up a rousing run through the Alsco 300 field by Christopher Bell. Christopher Bell celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway Friday night (photo by Mark Hansel). Click to enlarge. The 23-year-old rookie methodically...

Louisville’s Rhodes buckles up home track victory in Camping World Truck Series race at KY Speedway

By Kevin Kelly Kentucky Speedway Ben Rhodes grew up wanting to race at the highest levels of NASCAR, so it helped that he lived relatively close to Kentucky Speedway. Louisville’s Ben Rhodes high fives Kentucky Speedway mascot Horsepower during driver introductions for the Camping World Truck Series Buckle Up In Your Truck 225. Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger is at left (photo by Mark...

Louisville’s Rhodes making an impact on and off track as he shoots for second straight NCWTS playoff

By Benjamin Shipp Northern Kentucky Tribune For NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Ben Rhodes, Thursday’s Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at the Kentucky Speedway is much more than just any other race. (Photo provided) The 225-mile sprint to the checkered flag is but another chance to edge closer to his goal of becoming NCWTS Champion, it also stands as an opportunity for Rhodes to show his home...

NASCAR’s Rhodes wraps up campaign to honor first responders with fundraiser in hometown of Louisville

NASCAR Truck Series driver and Louisville’s own Ben Rhodes will be back home and racing at his favorite track at the Kentucky Speedway in the Buckle Up 225 on July 12. Rhodes (provided photo) Ben has also headed up the “All Rhodes Lead to the Kentucky Speedway” promotional campaign. In the four weeks leading up to the race, Rhodes has been on a media tour promoting the race and recognizing and...

Walmart becomes presenting sponsor of the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, coming July 14

Kentucky Speedway and the makers of Quaker State motor oil (“Quaker State”) have announced that Walmart will be the presenting sponsor of the 2018 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. The newly announced relationship will promote savings to consumers both regionally and nationwide around this summer’s annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race on July 14. Walmart’s involvement...

Walmart becomes presenting sponsor of the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, coming July 14

Kentucky Speedway and the makers of Quaker State motor oil (“Quaker State”) have announced that Walmart will be the presenting sponsor of the 2018 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. The newly announced relationship will promote savings to consumers both regionally and nationwide around this summer’s annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race on July 14, 2018. Walmart’s involvement...

NASCAR legend Craven highlights Speedway Children’s Charity Dinner held in Cincinnati

By Benjamin Shipp Northern Kentucky Tribune The seventh running of the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart at Kentucky Speedway is just a little more than a week away and the eyes of the NASCAR world will be focused on the Bluegrass. NASCAR legend Ricky Craven speaks to reporters at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse about the important work done by Speedway Children’s Charities. Craven was the featured...

Twenty lucky winners will be going to the QUAKER STATE 400 NASCAR race at Kentucky Speedway

Twenty lucky winners will receive two tickets each to the QUAKER STATE 400 NASCAR race to be held at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday July 14th at 7:30 p.m. The NKyTribune and KyForward teamed up with the Speedway to offer the free tickets. Tickets go into the mail Monday to the following winners: Timothy French Lexington David Crabtree Elsmere Ryan Griffeth Wilmore Nancy Day Union Matthew Martin Taylor...

NASCAR’s Quaker State 400 coming up on July 14 — and KyForward is offering you some free tickets

NASCAR Weekend is coming up at Sparta’s Kentucky Speedway — and we’ve teamed up with the Speedway to offer you some free tickets for the Quaker State 400 on Saturday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. The Quaker State 400 presented by WALMART is recognized as one of the best battles on the NASCAR circuit. It returns for the seventh time to the Speedway this year. As they say, “The Best...

NKITA members hear about Japan’s influence on state’s auto industry, take a few laps, at KY Speedway

By Kevin Eigelbach Northern Kentucky Tribune At the May meeting of the Northern Kentucky International Trade Association (NKITA), Toshio Nakao told a story that illustrated the difference between American and Japanese ideas of justice. Mark Simendinger, general manager of the Kentucky Speedway, talks with attendees at the Northern Kentucky International Trade Association meeting at the Speedway on...

Country Music’s rising duo High Valley to entertain Quaker State 400 weekend fans at KY Speedway

Country music’s up-and-coming duo, High Valley, will entertain race fans with a special performance before the July 14 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel are High Valley. The duo will be performing for fans at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta July 14, prior tp the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Quaker State 400 (provided...

Kentucky Distillers’ Association welcomes Sparta’s Neeley Family Distillery as 35th member

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced Thursday that the Neeley Family Distillery in Sparta has joined its legendary ranks, as the Northern Kentucky area continues to flourish for craft distilling. The distillery is owned and operated by Royce Neeley, 25, and opened in July. Neeley’s family built the distillery and visitor center on a lot adjacent to the famed Kentucky Speedway to capitalize...

Truex Jr. dominates Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, pulls away after late start to secure win

The driver of the No. 78 Toyota swept all three stages and survived a late restart to score his first Quaker State 400 victory. Martin Truex Jr. celebrates on top of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota after dominating much of the race and pulling away during a late caution to win the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway (photo by Randy Garvey). Martin Truex Jr. on Saturday redefined what it means...

Kyle Busch captures NASCAR XFINITY Series Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway

Kyle Busch’s victory from the pole in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race adds to his impressive resume at Kentucky Speedway. A call to change four tires and then stay on the track while others made their final pit stops paid off with a repeat victory for Kyle Busch in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway. The race was moved to Saturday because of inclement weather on Friday. Busch...