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Jamie Vaught: ESPN sideline reporter Spake covers UK basketball with 23,000 ‘friends’

Shannon Spake has been to Rupp Arena several times, including Tuesday night’s Kentucky-Missouri basketball game.   And the personable ESPN sideline reporter really likes her courtside media seat at UK’s home games for one special reason. She gets to sit very close to the passionate and youthful Big Blue supporters.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jamie”] “I love the...

Jamie Vaught: ESPN sideline reporter Spake covers UK basketball with 23,000 'friends'

Shannon Spake has been to Rupp Arena several times, including Tuesday night’s Kentucky-Missouri basketball game.   And the personable ESPN sideline reporter really likes her courtside media seat at UK’s home games for one special reason. She gets to sit very close to the passionate and youthful Big Blue supporters.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jamie”] “I love the...

Love of NASCAR – and math – give UK prof opportunity many fans only ‘dream’ about

Molly Fisher was invited by NASCAR driver Carl Edwards to attend the Quaker State 400 race in Sparta, Kentucky, June 28. (Photo from UKNow)   By Amanda Nelson Special to KyForward   Last January, a sports writer contacted University of Kentucky assistant professor Molly Fisher with questions about a NASCAR piece he was writing. That conversation resulted in the opportunity of a lifetime for...

Love of NASCAR – and math – give UK prof opportunity many fans only 'dream' about

Molly Fisher was invited by NASCAR driver Carl Edwards to attend the Quaker State 400 race in Sparta, Kentucky, June 28. (Photo from UKNow)   By Amanda Nelson Special to KyForward   Last January, a sports writer contacted University of Kentucky assistant professor Molly Fisher with questions about a NASCAR piece he was writing. That conversation resulted in the opportunity of a lifetime for...

John Calipari to serve as pace car official
for Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway

John Calipari and Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger. (Photo from Kentucky Speedway)   University of Kentucky men’s basketball head coach John Calipari will be the honorary Ford Fusion pace car official for Kentucky Speedway’s June 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts and will help lead a 43-car field to the green flag just after...

John Calipari to serve as pace car official for Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway

John Calipari and Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger. (Photo from Kentucky Speedway)   University of Kentucky men’s basketball head coach John Calipari will be the honorary Ford Fusion pace car official for Kentucky Speedway’s June 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts and will help lead a 43-car field to the green flag just after...

Waltrip brothers among NASCAR drivers making preseason appearance at Toyota plant

NASCAR drivers visited Toyota's Georgetown plant for a preseason appearance. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt)   Celebrated NASCAR drivers and Kentuckians Darrell and Michael Waltrip visited the Bluegrass for a rare, preseason appearance at Toyota’s Georgetown plant. Joining the Owensboro natives was a group of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series drivers, along with several Toyota...

Marcus Carey On the Marc: It’s ‘speed week,’ and this red-blooded NASCAR fan is ready!

Let me try to explain the appeal of NASCAR. I feel compelled to do this during “speed week” which precedes the Daytona 500 this coming Sunday, which is the Super Bowl of stock car racing which precedes the 2012 racing season. Got it?   The Daytona 500 race kicks off the entire NASCAR year of racing. It is the biggest event of the season and unlike baseball and football, it is the first event,...

WKYT: Fans who missed NASCAR race due to traffic can attend another race

The Kentucky Speedway general manager is apologizing for the traffic problems that caused many fans to miss the track’s inaugural Sprint Cup race last weekend and has announced a ticket exchange for anyone who bought a ticket to the Quaker State 400 but didn’t make it to the race.   Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger made no excuses for the gridlock that extended miles...

UK HealthCare continues as official provider of medical services for Kentucky Speedway

UK HealthCare announced it has extended its partnership with Kentucky Speedway and will continue to be the 107,000-capacity track’s “official medical provider” through 2014.   UK HealthCare physicians and nursing staff have partnered with the Kentucky Speedway Fire and Safety Team to provide all onsite medical care for fans through Grandstand Care Centers and for competitors through...

Mid-week parade brings Kentucky Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup race to Lexington

The Kentucky Speedway in Sparta will host its first NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Saturday with the Quaker State 400, and Lexington racing fans will have the chance to witness some of the race preparation on Wednesday.   Around 35-40 haulers — trailers that carry the individual race cars to Sparta — will be on display at the Hamburg Pavilion Walmart on Grey Lag Way beginning around 10:30...