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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...

NASCAR week at Kentucky Speedway features nonstop action, capped off by the Quaker State 400

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor It’s NASCAR week in Northern Kentucky and Kentucky Speedway in Sparta has a full slate of activities planned for its signature Tripleheader Weekend. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Quaker State 400, presented by Walmart, is always a key stop in the race for the chase and this year is no exception. Martin Truex Jr. celebrates on top of the No....

Speedway Children’s Charities distributes more than $3.2m nationwide, KY chapter gives to 25 nonprofits

Speedway Children’s Charities officials announced today that the far-reaching nonprofit will distribute more than $3.2 million in grants to 435 charitable organizations across the country this year, bringing the total allocation amount to more than $52 million since the O. Bruton Smith family founded the nonprofit in 1982. Representatives from Speedway Children’s Charities. The organization’s...

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...

Revamped Kentucky Horse Racing Commission includes Kling, Jones and former jockey Day

Twelve new members were named to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and Gov. Matt Bevin also announced a revamped commission structure to enhance the focus on one of Kentucky’s signature industries. New members include retired Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, Breeders’ Cup Director Bret Jones, and Ken Jackson, founding member of the North American Standardbred Breeders Association. “These individuals...

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...

Legislation to modernize state’s alcohol statues clears committee, could get floor vote soon

A push to modernize the state’s 1930s-era alcohol regulations to maximize the economic impact of a worldwide thirst for bourbon and birth of the craft beer and small-farm wine industries in Kentucky continues during this year’s General Assembly. Setting it up to become one of the first bills to come to the floor of the Senate for a vote, the Senate Standing Committee on Licensing, Occupations and...

Kentucky Speedway to undertake comprehensive renovation of racing surface in time for 2016 season

Kentucky Speedway in Sparta has announced it is undertaking a comprehensive renovation of its racing surface which is highlighted by increased banking in Turns 1 and 2 and further includes drainage improvements, additional SAFER barrier, and repaving of the entire 1.5-mile tri-oval. Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger (file photo) Work has begun and will be completed in time for this...

From banking to the banked oval, Kentucky Speedway’s Simendinger in the driver’s seat

  Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger says putting on the big NASCAR weekend ‘never gets old.’   Editor’s note: NASCAR returns to Kentucky Speedway in Sparta with a tripleheader race weekend that includes the fifth running of the Quaker State 400 for the Sprint Cup Series on Saturday. As the speedway prepared for its big weekend, General Manager Mark Simendinger...