The NASCAR Sprint Cup series is preparing to enter new territory this weekend. For the first time ever the Kentucky Speedway is going to host the premier NASCAR circuit. Sunday marks the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400.
The Kentucky Speedway is a 1.5-mile tri-oval track in Sparta, Kentucky. Most of the drivers are familiar with the track from either test runs or Nationwide races. Although they will all need to adjust to it in the new cars.
It is a fairly straightforward tri-oval—except for one thing. There are bumps in turns one and two. According to Brad Keselowski navigating those bumps could be the key to the race. Keselowski as quoted on the Madisoncourier.com:
If you can get your car where it's comfortable over the bumps in Turns 1 and 2, that's obviously going to be the fast way around Kentucky. Sometimes that is easier said than done so some drivers will choose to enter a bit higher to avoid the bumps. Usually that will establish a second groove around the middle of the race, which can lead to some great side-by-side racing over the final laps. It's definitely a place with a lot of character, despite the fact that it looks like a lot of the other intermediate tracks that we visit.
The Quaker State 400 is scheduled for Saturday, and highlights three days of action, which start on Thursday. The Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225 is on Thursday and the Nationwide Series Feed the Children 300 will be run on Friday.
Be sure to check this blog often for all new, updates and results from the action at the Kentucky Speedway.