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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...

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...

Tim Bray: Northern Kentucky has emerged as statewide, regional tourism juggernaut

The summer vacation season has arrived and tourism in Northern Kentucky has never been hotter. A slew of vibrant attractions, a booming bourbon scene, the construction of new hotels, robust demand for the Northern Kentucky Convention Center and the continued growth of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport have firmly placed tourism as a major driver of employment, investment and visitor...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,”...

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...

NASCAR driver Keselowski talks about past successes, new challenges at Kentucky Speedway

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward The Kentucky Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Victory Tour featured a driver whose success at the Sparta racing surface is unrivaled. Brad Keselowski, the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion has won five races in five years at Kentucky Speedway, including the 2012 and 2014 Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts. Keselowski has won either a Cup Series...

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,...

Subplots abound as Kentucky Speedway prepares for running of Quaker State 400

Event host Drew Lachey with the Roush/Fenway No. 6 AdvoCare Ford driven by Trevor Bayne (Mark Hansel Photo)   By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward   The Kentucky Speedway’s big weekend will feature added excitement this year with several subplots unfolding at the Sparta oval, culminating with a key NASCAR Sprint Cup points race July 11.   Kentucky Speedway officials were joined by Trevor...

Keselowski outruns Busch for second Quaker State 400 win in last three years

Brad Keselowski passed Kyle Busch with 20 laps to go to win the Quaker State 400 at the Kentucky Speedway (Photo from Kentucky Speedway Communications /Brian Douglas   By Kevin Kelly KentuckySpeedway.com   Brad Keselowski spent most of the Quaker State 400 out front, but had to chase down and pass five cars Saturday before he could celebrate another victory at Kentucky Speedway.   He...

Edwards hoping for win in Quaker State 400 to complete Kentucky triple crown

By Kevin Kelly KentuckySpeedway.com   On to Sparta.   The tripleheader headlined by the Quaker State presented by Advance Auto Parts 400 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday includes the Camping World Truck Series’ UNOH 225 at 8 p.m. Thursday and the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign 300 at 7:30 p.m. Friday for the Nationwide Series.   “You get to that point when you’re throwing a party...

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...