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Sports wagering bill set to be considered by Kentucky House committee Wednesday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A sports wagering bill will have its first consideration by a legislative committee this week. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, is scheduled to be heard by the House Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee Wednesday morning. Under the measure, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission would be the state body that oversees sports...

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...

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...

NASCAR announces competition updates, including changes to DQ procedures, to kick off 2019 season

NASCAR has announced several initiatives and procedural updates for the 2019 season, which officially opens this weekend at Daytona International Speedway with a Sunday double-header — Daytona 500 Busch Pole Award Qualifying and the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona. Among the announcements made was NASCAR’s plan to move its thorough post-race inspection to the race track immediately following...

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...

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...

Victory Lane Quick Oil Change opens KY location, sponsors NASCAR driver with Bluegrass ties

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Victory Lane Quick Oil Change celebrated the opening of its first shop in the Greater Cincinnati market, with a ribbon-cutting at the location on U.S. 42 in Florence Thursday. Florence Mayor Diane Whalen presents a water tower bobblehead to Victory Lane franchisee Brian Schreiber at Thursday’s ribbon-cutting (provided photo). Executive Vice President James...

Gordon, Rousch, Penske among NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees; Hunter chosen for Landmark Award

This week, NASCAR announced the inductees who will comprise the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2019. The five-person group – the 10th since the inception of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010 – consists of Davey Allison, Alan Kulwicki, Jeff Gordon, Roger Penske and Jack Roush. In addition, NASCAR announced that Jim Hunter earned the 2019 Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. The distinguished...

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...

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...

NASCAR’s Ragan makes pit stop at Shriner’s Hospital to encourage summer safety

NASCAR racing legend, David Ragan will visit Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center — Lexington on Thursday, July 6 to host the Superheroes of Summer Safety event for patients receiving care at the pediatric orthopaedic medical center. Patients of Lexington Shriners Medical Center will participate in a summer safety check-up that takes kids through four interactive stations — or pit stops...

Monster Energy to replace Sprint as entitlement sponsor for NASCAR’s premier series

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor LAS VEGAS – NASCAR announced Thursday that Monster Energy will replace Sprint as the sponsor of its top series. NASCAR and Monster Energy announced the multi-year agreement for the premier series entitlement as well as the prestigious annual NASCAR All-Star Race. Speculation about the sponsorship agreement began at the annual season-ending awards festivities...

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...

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...

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...

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...

VisitMyrtleBeach.com renews sponsorship for Kentucky Speedway’s fall NASCAR XFINITY race

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has renewed as the title sponsor of the Saturday, Sept. 24 NASCAR XFINITY Series race, the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300. The Myrtle Beach area welcomes over 17 million visitors annually, many of whom travel from Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana to experience true southern hospitality along 60 miles of beautiful, sandy beaches. Photo courtesy of Kentucky Speedway “We are excited...