Kentucky Speedway will not have a NASCAR Sprint Cup race in
2009, despite a change in ownership to Bruton Smith.
Smith, the Speedway Motorsports Inc. owner, announced Thursday
that he had purchased the Kentucky track, located halfway between
Cincinnati and Louisville, with the intention of having a Cup race
there next season.
But after a sanctioning meeting Friday, NASCAR officials said
it's too late to consider Kentucky for next season's schedule.
"The 2009 schedule will not include a Sprint Cup race in
Kentucky, regardless of ownership," NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston
said. "I don't see any scenario where there will be a Sprint Cup
race there in '09."
Poston said NASCAR has yet to receive a formal request for a
race from SMI, which owns seven other NASCAR-sanctioned tracks.
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