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Kentucky Speedway: History

Kentucky Speedway:

History

  • In 1998, the track broke ground in Sparta, Kentucky, and opened as a 1.5-mile speedway in 2000.
  • The original owners, Jerry Carroll and four other investors owned the track until 2008, when current owners, Speedway Motorsports Inc. purchased the facility.
  • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was held in 2011 – won by Kyle Busch.

 

Starts

  • There have been four NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kentucky Speedway since the first race in 2011 – one race per season.
  • 60 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway; 45 in more than one.
  • 28 different drivers have made all four series starts at Kentucky Speedway.
  • Brad Keselowski leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Average Starting Position at Kentucky with a 5.75; followed by Kyle Busch with a 6.25.

 

Poles

  • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying at Kentucky was cancelled due to weather. The starting line-up was set per the Rule Book – Kyle Busch started from first.
  • Brad Keselowski (2014), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2013) and Jimmie Johnson (2012) are the three drivers that have won Coors Light poles at Kentucky.
  • Youngest Kentucky pole winner: Brad Keselowski (06/28/2014 – 30 years, 4 months, 16 days).
  • Oldest Kentucky pole winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (06/30/2013 – 38 years, 8 months, 20 days).

 

Wins

  • Three different NSCS drivers have won at Kentucky Speedway: Kyle Busch (07/09/2011), Brad Keselowski (06/30/2012 and 6/28/2014) and Matt Kenseth (6/30/2013).
  • Brad Keselowski leads the series in wins at Kentucky with two.
  • Youngest Kentucky winner: Kyle Busch (07/09/2011 – 26 years, 2 months, 7 days).
  • Oldest Kentucky winner: Matt Kenseth (06/30/2013 – 41 years, 3 months, 20 days).
  • Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske are tied for the series lead in wins at Kentucky with two each: Joe Gibbs Racing (2011, 2013); Team Penske (2012, 2014).
  • Three different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Kentucky: Toyota (2011, 2013), Dodge (2012) and Ford (2014).
  • Brad Keselowski is the only driver to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky from the Coors Light poles (2014).
  • Kyle Busch won the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky from the first starting position. Due to the qualifying session being cancelled for the 2011 race, it was not from the Coors Light pole.
  • Two of the four (50.0%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky have been won from the front row – both from the first starting position (2011, 2014).
  • Three of the four (75%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kentucky have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kentucky is 16th, by Matt Kenseth in 2013.
  • The fewest laps led in a single race by an eventual NSCS winner at Kentucky is 38 laps by Matt Kenseth in 2013.
  • The most laps led in a single race by an eventual NSCS winner at Kentucky is 199 laps by Brad Keselowski in 2014.

Additional Finishing Position Stats

  • Four different drivers have posted NSCS runner-up finishes at Kentucky: David Reutimann (2011), Kasey Kahne (2012), Jamie McMurray (2013) and Kyle Busch (2014).
  • 14 different drivers have posted top-five finishes at Kentucky led by Kyle Busch with three; followed by Brad Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, and Ryan Newman with two each.
  • 19 different drivers have posted top-10 finishes at Kentucky led by Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth with four each.
  • Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch are tied for the series among active drivers in Average Finishing Position at Kentucky with a 4.5 each. Jimmie Johnson (7.0), Jeff Gordon (7.2), and Kasey Kahne (8.5) are the other active drivers with an average finish in the top 10.

 

 

Track Event Stats

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway was the July 9, 2011 race won by Kyle Busch over David Reutimann with a MOV of 0.179 second.
  • None of the four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway have resulted with a green-white-checkered finish.
  • None of the four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.
  • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway once; the 2011 race.
  • The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky produced the most lead changes (20) at the 1.5-mile track. The fewest lead changes were in the 2013 race at Kentucky (11).
  • The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky produced the most different leaders (12) at the 1.5-mile speedway. The fewest leaders in a NSCS event at Kentucky were last season’s race with three.
  • Brad Keselowski leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Kentucky with 346 laps led in four starts.

 

Female Competitor Stats

  • Danica Patrick is the only female driver to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway.

 

Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date
Danica Patrick 29 23 6/30/2013
Danica Patrick 10 21 6/28/2014
Averages 19.5 22.0  

 

 

NASCAR in Kentucky

  • There have been five NASCAR Sprint Cup races among two tracks in Kentucky.
Track Name City NSCS
Kentucky Speedway Sparta 4
Corbin Speedway Corbin 1
  • 42 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Kentucky; three have posted wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Driver NSCS NNS NCWTS
Jeremy Mayfield 5 0 0
Michael Waltrip 4 11 1
Tommy Thompson 1 0 0
Jeff Green 0 16 0
David Green 0 9 0

 

 

Milestones – Kentucky Speedway

  HAS NEEDS MILESTONE DESCRIPTION
DRIVER
Michael McDowell 174 1 175th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Career Start McDowell is 145th on the all-time NSCS career starts list, two starts behind Walter Ballard and Regan Smith (176 each) in 143rd.
Danica Patrick 99 1 100th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Career Start Patrick is 191st on the all-time NSCS career starts list, one start behind Bruce Hill (100) in 190th.
Jimmie Johnson 74 2 76th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win Jimmie Johnson is eighth on the all-time NSCS wins list, two wins behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt in seventh (76 wins).
Tony Stewart 48 2 50th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win Stewart is 13th on the all-time NSCS wins list, two wins behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett in 12th (50 wins).
Matt Kenseth 32 1 33rd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win Kenseth is tied with Dale Jarrett for 22nd on the all-time NSCS wins list, one win behind Fireball Roberts in 21st (33 wins).
Carl Edwards 24 1 25th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win Edwards is 31st on the all-time NSCS wins list, one win behind Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joe Weatherly and Denny Hamlin tied for 28th (25 wins).
Jeff Gordon 24,826 174 25,000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Laps Led Gordon can become the sixth driver in NSCS history to lead 25,000 laps; joining Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Cale Yarborough, David Pearson and Bobby Allison.
Matt Kenseth 9,598 402 10,000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Laps Led Kenseth can become the 16th driver in series history to lead 10,000 or more laps.
Kevin Harvick 7,788 212 8,000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Laps Led Kevin Harvick can become the 24th driver in series history to lead 8,000 or more laps.
#43 car 199 1 200 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Wins The No. 43 car is second on the all-time NSCS wins list, five wins behind the No. 11 car in first (204). The last win for the No. 43 car came at Daytona last season.
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