NASCAR: This Weekend Marks the End of the Kroger Speedfest at Lucas Oil Raceway

Eric SmithCorrespondent IIIJuly 28, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS - JULY 24:  Kyle Busch (L), driver of the #18 Fleet Locate Toyota, and Ron Hornaday Jr. (R), driver of the #33 Jimmy John's Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kroger 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park on July 24, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Tonight will kick off Kroger Speedfest at Lucas Oil Raceway in Clermont, Ind. The .686-mile track is located just a few miles from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The weekend schedule has always been jam packed with racing on the short track. 

Tonight, the USAC Midget Series race, USAC Silver Crown Series race, and for the first time ever during the Kroger Speedfest, the ARCA Series race are being held. 

The USAC Series has produced many current and former Cup and Nationwide Series drivers. 

Drivers like Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, Mike Bliss, J.J. Yeley, and Jason Leffler, among others, have competed in these very USAC Midget and Silver Crown Series races at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Since the inception of the Brickyard 400 in 1994, there have always been USAC races at Lucas Oil Raceway. 

Word hasn't been out on whether the USAC and ARCA races will return next year to this weekend.

They may not return due to the losses of the Camping World Truck Series 200 lap race on Friday night and the longest-running Nationwide Series event, the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kroger 200, on Saturday night.

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has raced at Lucas Oil Raceway ever since it was formed in 1996. 

The NASCAR Nationwide Series has held the Kroger 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway since the series' first year, 1982. 

All of the great NASCAR legends have raced in the Kroger 200 at some point in their careers.

It's a shame this will be the last Kroger 200 on the action-packed short track, as the race moves to the big track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next year.

If you're in the Indianapolis area, I highly recommend driving the short distance to Clermont and watching any of this weekend's races.


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