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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...

Weather delays NASCAR XFINITY Series Alsco 200 at KY Speedway until noon today; gates open at 10 a.m.

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor NASCAR XFINITY Series Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta has been postponed due to inclement weather. With ominous skies as a backdrop, NASCAR Monster Energy Series crews back cars off the track at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. The skies opened up minutes later, prompting the postponement of Friday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Alsco 300 (photos by Mark...

Bell earns third NASCAR Truck Series win in Kentucky Speedway Buckle Up In Your Truck 225

Christopher Bell earned his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory this season and fifth of his career early Friday by holding off Brandon Jones in the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway. The 22-year-old overcame a spin early in the race and led the final 37 laps in the No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. “This is pretty special,” said Bell, whose three victories...

NASCAR week at Kentucky Speedway highlighted by the Monster Energy Cup Series Quaker State 400

Kentucky Speedway in Sparta takes its place in the NASCAR spotlight with three big races, including a stop on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, this weekend. The action starts with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Buckle Up In Your Truck 225. The NASCAR XFINITY Series Alsco 300 takes center stage Friday, followed by the main event, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400, presented...

Alsco extends relationship with KY Speedway; pens multi-year deal to continue as XFINITY race sponsor

Alsco has extended its relationship with Kentucky Speedway with a multi-year agreement to continue being the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR XFINITY Series race. Alsco is a worldwide leader in the rental of linen, uniforms, healthcare garments, and washroom products. The family-run business introduced linen and uniform rental services to the world in 1889. “Renewal by an event sponsor is the highest...

Toyota named official vehicle of Kentucky Speedway in announcement at TMMK plant in Georgetown

Kentucky Speedway Monday announced Toyota as the “Official Vehicle of Kentucky Speedway,” a partnership that includes a range of integrated elements that will create exposure for the brand using the venue’s traditional, digital and social promotional platforms. Kentucky Speedway’s annual events, including the Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts NASCAR race weekend in July, will...

Kentucky Speedway, Alsco to host celebration to mark ‘King’ Richard Petty’s 80th birthday

Kentucky Speedway, Alsco Linen and Uniform Rental Services, and Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) have collaborated on a multi-layer celebration to begin at approximately 2 p.m., on Saturday, July 8. The King will participate in the celebration at The King’s 80th Birthday presented by Alsco Linen and Uniform Rental Services fan hospitality tent located in the Kentucky Speedway Hospitality Village where...

NASCAR to offer free youth ticketing for 2017 XFINITY and Camping World Truck races

NASCAR announced exclusively via Facebook that, beginning in 2017, kids ages 12 and younger will be admitted free to all NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Kentucky Speedway. The announcement was made during an all-kids press conference hosted at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina. NASCAR Hammer Down host Karsyn Elledge, and NASCAR Next drivers Todd...

Kentucky Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities accepting application for 2016 grant distribution

The Kentucky Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) is currently accepting applications for its 2016 Grant Distribution Program. Non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for children in Kentucky and parts of Southwest Ohio and Southeast Indiana are encouraged to apply for a grant. “Speedway Children’s Charities is dedicated to distributing funds to worthy children’s...

Mubea, KY FAME team up on Smithley Racing sponsorship to help raise awareness of program

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward There is a lot more to NASCAR than just driving around a banked oval at a high rate of speed. NASCAR teams have helped raise awareness of everything from autism and diabetes to childhood hunger and bike riding. One of the most visible marketing tools in sports is a decal on a NASCAR car or truck. At Kentucky Speedway’s NASCAR tripleheader weekend, a program focused...

Fuel strategy propels Keselowski to Victory Lane in Quaker State 400, but he needs a push to get there

By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward Brad Keselowski and his team cut it so close on fuel in the closing laps of Saturday’s Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts that the driver of the No. 2 Ford needed a shove from a tow truck to reach victory lane. He couldn’t remember the last time – if ever – that he required such an assist. “I don’t want to have it happen ever again,”...

New surface, similar result: Busch takes NASCAR XFINITY Series Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway

Kentucky Speedway was repaved and reconfigured over the offseason but Kyle Busch showed Friday evening that he still knows how to get around it. Busch dominated the Alsco 300 but his fifth victory in nine NASCAR XFINITY Series starts this season didn’t come easily. A late caution set up a green-white-checkered flag overtime finish that wasn’t decided until Busch powered past Austin Dillon...

Billy Reed: Too focused to fail, Louisville native, NASCAR rookie Ben Rhodes destined for greatness

SPARTA, Ky. – Ben Rhodes has a face made for a Wheaties box, not to mention the cover of Sports Illustrated. At 19, he is boyishly handsome and cool more than cocky. His smile could light up the Toyota factory in Georgetown. When he puts on the decal-spangled silver suit that he wears to work, Rhodes becomes a sort of action hero. Only a year out of Holy Cross High School in Louisville, Rhodes is...

Byron, KBM capture NASCAR CWTS Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway

By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward William Byron delivered a record-setting victory for his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team on a night when racing returned to Kentucky Speedway for the first time since the track was repaved and reconfigured over the offseason. The 18-year-old held off John Hunter Nemechek and Daniel Hemric to win Thursday’s Buckle Up In Your Truck 225. His fourth victory...

Louisville’s Ben Rhodes making a name for himself on NASCAR Camping World Truck circuit

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward When Ben Rhodes drove past Kentucky Speedway as a kid, on his way to race go karts or Bandloeros not long ago, racing at the “big track” seemed like a dream. That dream comes true Thursday Night when Rhodes and the other NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers compete in the first race over Kentucky Speedway’s new surface. The race kicks off the NASCAR tripleheader...

Keith Taylor: Dakari Johnson enjoying success in summer league; Duvall honored to be an All-Star

The NBA season has been over for more than two weeks but that doesn’t stop players from competing in the summer months. Two summer leagues began this week in Orlando and Utah, giving players an opportunity to earn roster spots and further develop their skills. Several former Kentucky standouts are playing in the two leagues, including Dakari Johnson and Trey Lyles. Dakari Johnson is enjoying...

NASCAR drivers get first look at new Kentucky Speedway; miss the ‘character’ of the old surface

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward More than a dozen NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers were at Kentucky Speedway Monday for organizational testing and the hot topics were the reconfigured track and the new racing surface. With Kentucky Speedway’s signature race, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts less than a month away, drivers welcomed the opportunity to get onto...

Magpul becomes Pole Day sponsor for Kentucky Speedway Sprint Cup and XFINITY series races

Magpul Industries Corp., is expanding its partnership with Kentucky Speedway by becoming the official Pole Day sponsor for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series Friday, July 8. “Magpul is thrilled to be expanding our third year of partnership at Kentucky Speedway with the Pole Day Sponsorship,” said Magpul director Troy McMullen. “It’s a perfect way to share our love for...

Kentucky Speedway gearing up for 2016 season with new racing surface, challenges for drivers

A new racing surface and a full slate of sponsors for the season’s races were the highlights of the Kentucky Speedway 2016 Media Luncheon Tuesday. Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said the run-up to the Feb. 21, Daytona 500, always gets the juices flowing for race fans. “It’s a great time for us to talk, not only about what’s going to happen in the industry…but especially this year,...

Alsco 300: Kentucky Speedway lands new title sponsor for July 8 NASCAR XFINITY race

A multi-year entitlement sponsorship has been announced by Kentucky Speedway and Alsco for the speedway’s Friday, July 8 NASCAR XFINITY Series race. Alsco is a worldwide leader in the rental of linen, uniforms, healthcare garments, and washroom products. The family-run business introduced linen and uniform rental services to the world in 1889. The XFINITY Series Alsco 300 is part of a NASCAR tripleheader...