July 10, 1998
Investor group comprised of Jerry Carroll (Carroll Properties), Dick Duchossois (Chamberlain Industries), Richard Farmer (Cintas Corp.), John Lindahl (State Industries) and Outback Steakhouse, Inc., breaks ground on the 66,089-capacity Kentucky Speedway. The speedway was the largest excavation project in Kentucky history displacing 7.2 million cubic yards of earth. The facility was constructed with 48,000 cubic yards of concrete, the equivalent of a 50-story building.
June 16-17, 2000
Kentucky Speedway stages its first event weekend with NASCAR All-Pro and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events. Roush Fenway Racing driver Greg Biffle takes the NCWTS event and Billy Bigley, Jr., emerges from the All-Pro tilt as the first race winner in track history.
July 2, 2000
Kentucky Speedway plays host to its first ARCA event won by Tim Steele.
August 26-27, 2000
Kentucky Speedway combines ARCA and IndyCar racing in its first dual-event weekend. Penske Racing driver Ryan Newman claims the ARCA title and Buddy Lazier nails down the first major open-wheel event in speedway history.
May 11-12, 2001
Kentucky Speedway opens its first four-weekend season with a 150-mile ARCA race. Franklin, Ind., driver Frank Kimmel earns the first of his four all-time series triumphs at the track.
June 16, 2001
Kentucky Speedway plays host to its first NASCAR Nationwide Series 300-mile event. Richard Childress Racing driver Kevin Harvick earns his first Kentucky Speedway win in front of a capacity crowd.
August 12, 2001
Buddy Lazier becomes first back-to-back single-series event winner at Kentucky Speedway with a 300-mile IndyCar Series race victory.
June 16, 2002
Todd Bodine nips Greg Biffle by .036 of a second in the closest NASCAR Nationwide Series finish in track history.
August 10, 2002
IndyCar Series driver Sarah Fisher becomes the first woman to earn the pole award for a major North American open-wheel event and sets the standing series track qualifying record with a 221.390-mph qualifying circuit.
August 11, 2002
Brazilian Felipe Giaffone becomes the first internationally-born driver to claim a Kentucky Speedway victory in a 300-mile IndyCar Series event.
July 12, 2003
Roush Fenway racer Carl Edwards earns his first NASCAR-sanctioned victory in a Camping World Truck Series 225-mile event.
May 7-8, 2004
Kentucky Speedway opens its first five-weekend season with an ARCA RE/MAX Series 150-mile race and an American Speed Association 125-mile event. Other series included on the season schedule were the NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and IndyCar Series. The first Triple Header Fall Classic showcased the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, I-Power Dash Series and American Speed Association. Scott Lagasse, Jr. earns the current closest victory in track history by crossing the finish line .014 of a second in front of Wade Day.
June 19, 2004
Then Hendrick Motorsports driver Kyle Busch becomes the first competitor to earn back-to-back Kentucky Speedway wins in different series with a 300-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series victory. Busch claimed his first Kentucky Speedway win in a 205-mile ARCA RE/MAX Series event May 10, 2003.
June 18, 2005
Roush Fenway racer Carl Edwards earns his first NASCAR Nationwide Series Kentucky Speedway victory in a 300-mile event. It was his second all-time victory at the track.
August 13, 2005
Rahal Letterman Racing driver Danica Patrick earns her first Kentucky Speedway pole award and becomes the second female competitor in track history to earn an IndyCar Series pole award. Patrick was awarded the top spot on the starting grid on the basis of combined practice times after traditional qualifying was rained out. She clicked off her best practice lap at 217.516 mph.
September 10, 2005
Blue Ash, Ohio native Jeff Fultz becomes the first five-time single-series event winner in track history with a 150-mile NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division win.
June 18, 2006
NASCAR Nationwide Series driver David Gilliland earns an upset win in an unsponsored car. The 43-car field featured NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick. Many term the feat the biggest upset in NASCAR history.
June 15, 2007
Stephen Leicht becomes second straight first-time NASCAR Nationwide Series race winner by taking his first Kentucky Speedway victory in a 300-mile event.
July 13, 2007
Evernham Motorsports driver Erin Crocker becomes the first three-time Kentucky Speedway female pole award winner by earning her fifth career ARCA RE/MAX Series pole award with a 178.731-mph qualifying effort.
May 22, 2008
Speedway Motorsports, Inc., announces its intent to purchase Kentucky Speedway at a news conference at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.
June 14, 2008
Joe Gibbs Racing phenom Joey Logano earns his first NASCAR Nationwide Series and Kentucky Speedway victories in a 300-mile event. He becomes the youngest victor in NASCAR Nationwide Series history at age 18 years and 21 days.
Dec. 31, 2008
Kentucky Speedway officially becomes the eighth member of the Speedway Motorsports, Inc., family and joins premier facilities such as Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.
February 16, 2009
Speedway Motorsports, Inc., invests $13.5 million in facility enhancement project which expanded general parking areas , established more than 200 infield camping spots, augmented track access roads and enhanced the overall guest experience with new entrance areas along with a new restroom/ bathhouse facility.
May 9 – August 1, 2009
Kentucky Speedway opened its 10th season and first as a member of the Speedway Motorsports, inc., organization with a 150-mile ARCA RE/MAX Series race won by James Buescher. Joey Logano became the first repeat NASCAR Nationwide Series victor in track history June 13. Ron Hornaday, Jr., earned his second career Kentucky Speedway NASCAR Camping World Series victory July 18 just before Parker Kligerman visited Victory Lane following a 150-mile ARCA RE/MAX Series battle. Ryan Briscoe beat Ed Carpenter to the Kentucky Speedway finish line by .0162 of a second Aug. 1 to claim the second-closest race victory in track history, the closest series victory in track history and the 11th-closest win in IndyCar Series history. The race also was the second fastest in series history with an average speed of 200.853 mph. The track has produced two of the three fastest all-time IndyCar Series races. Wade Cunningham earned a Firestone Indy Lights victory. Overall, five of the six 2009 race events were decided by a margin of victory of less than one second.
July 9, 2009
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear visits the track and ceremoniously signs House Bill 3 which provides economic incentives which can benefit the speedway if it attracts a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event.
June 11-12, 2010
Kentucky Speedway opens its 11th season by playing host to NASCAR Nationwide Series practice day and the 10th300-mile series race in track history. Joe Gibbs Racing driver Joey Logano maintains his perfect Kentucky Speedway career record by taking his third consecutive pole award at the track and earning his third consecutive series victory at the track on June 12. Logano led 106 of 200 race laps and edged Carl Edwards by 0.662 of a second at the finish line.
August 9, 2010
Speedway Motor Sports, Inc., Chairman and CEO Bruton Smith announces Kentucky Speedway’s inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 400-mile event is scheduled for July 9, 2011 as part of a NASCAR tripleheader weekend. The veteran promoter also announces plans to expand the venue’s capacity to 107,000 by constructing two new 20,000-seat grandstands, move pit road closer to the grandstands to further engage fans in the action and expand campgrounds on the speedway infield and in the areas immediately surrounding the facility.
September 3, 2010
Germain Racing veteran Todd Bodine drove to his second career Kentucky Speedway victory and first in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the track after rebounding from a solo spin he suffered battling for the lead in Turn 4 on Lap 81 of 150. Bodine clawed his way back to lead through the closing 14 laps while conserving fuel.
September 4, 2010
Firestone Indy Lights driver Pippa Mann becomes the first female competitor to earn a Kentucky Speedway victory by leading all 67 of a 100-lap event.
July 7-9, 2011
Kentucky Speedway plays host to its first NASCAR tripleheader weekend featuring the venue’s inaugural Sprint Cup Series “Quaker State 400,” Nationwide Series “Feed The Children 300” and Camping World Truck Series “UNOH 225.”
October 1, 2011
Ron Hornaday Jr., registers his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Kentucky Speedway record third victory along with the 50th of his series career in a 225-mile event after crossing the finish line 0.438 of a second ahead of Austin Dillon. Hornaday Jr., also won the closest NCWTS race in track history by 0.135 of a second ahead of Mike Skinner on July 18, 2009. He scored his first truck triumph at the track on July 8, 2006.
June 28-30, 2012
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Quaker State 400, NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Feed The Children 300 and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) UNOH 225 entertain fans on three consecutive nights. Brad Keselowski nails down his second career Kentucky Speedway victory in the Quaker State 400 and becomes the second driver to earn both NSCS and NNS race victories at the track. He also is the first in track history to score NNS and NSCS race titles in consecutive seasons. Austin Dillon claimed his first NNS victory and first track win after leading a series track-record 192 of 200 laps and setting the series track record for widest margin of victory by crossing the finish line 9.828 seconds ahead of Kurt Busch. James Buescher captured his second career Kentucky Speedway victory and first in NCWTS competition by leading 119 of 150 UNOH 225 laps. Buescher scored a 150-mile ARCA Racing Series victory at the speedway on May 9, 2009.
September 21-22, 2012
Austin Dillon and James Buescher make Kentucky Speedway history by becoming the first drivers to complete respective single-season, two-race series sweeps in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Kentucky 300 and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Kentucky 201. Dillon becomes the second driver in track history to earn consecutive NNS victories at the speedway. Buescher becomes the first to earn back-to-back NCWTS victories and the second to earn multiple series victories at the speedway.
June 27-30, 2013
Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon raced to his first Kentucky Speedway victory June 27 by 5.735 seconds. At age 21 years and four months Dillon became the youngest NCWTS winner in track history. Penske Racing’s Brad Keselowski was declared the June 28 Feed The Children 300 race winner when it was shortened by rain with 30 of 200 race laps remaining. Dale Earnhardt Jr., claimed the Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts pole with a 183.636 mph (29.406 seconds) lap breaking the series-track and earning a spot in the Kentucky Speedway record books. Matt Kenseth gained the race lead on a fuel-only pit stop with 23 laps remaining in the Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts and raced away to a 0.699 of a second victory.
September 19-20, 2013
On September 19, the ARCA Racing Series returned to the track for the first time since 2009 and Corey Lajoie took the Zloop 150 checkered flag in his track debut. Ryan Blaney scored his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory September 20. The 19-year-old became the second-youngest NNS 300-mile race winner in track history after leading 96 of 200 laps.
June 26-28, 2014
Kyle Busch raced to his second Kentucky Speedway Camping World Truck Series victory June 26 by 1.844 seconds. It was his 40th career win in the series. JR Motorsports’ Kevin Harvick was declared the June 27 John R. Elliott HERO Campaign 300 race winner after passing Kyle Busch on a restart with five laps remaining scoring his second victory at the track. Brad Keselowski claimed the Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts pole with a 188.791 mph (89.603 seconds) lap breaking the previous series-track qualifying record. Keselowski passed Kyle Busch with 20 laps left in the race to earn his second Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts win in three years June 28.
September 19-20, 2014
In his 13th Kentucky start and fifth NASCAR Nationwide Series track appearance Brendan Gaughan took the race lead with six laps remaining in the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 Sept. 20 earning him a trip to Victory Lane. It was his second series win of the season and first track win. Brennan Poole, who found out three days before the ARCA Racing Series ZLOOP 150 that he would be competing in the Sept. 19 event, went on to capture his first series win at Kentucky by holding off a hard charging Matt Tifft by 1.301 of a second.
July 9-11, 2015
Matt Crafton earned his first career Camping World Truck Series victory at the track on Thursday, July 9 after NASCAR stopped the UNOH 225 five laps from the scheduled finish following a three-car accident that resulted in damage to the catch fence in Turn 1. On Friday, July 10 Brad Keselowski passed Erik Jones when a lapped car slowed just enough to allow Keselowski grab the lead and earn another victory at Kentucky Speedway. He led the final nine laps of the Kentucky 300 and returned to victory lane for the third time in a NASCAR XFINITY Series car and fifth time overall at the 1.5-mile track. Kyle Busch and Joey Logano engaged in a four-lap dual for the lead in the closing laps of the Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts that sent sparks flying and stamped the track’s fifth Sprint Cup Series race as the most action-packed held to date on the bumpy 1.5-mile circuit. Busch drove to his second Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts victory.
September 25-26, 2015
Ryan Reed scored the ARCA Racing Series Crosley 150 win a day after the race was delayed due to rain when Austin Cindric blew a left front tire with 20 laps remaining. It’s Reed’s first ARCA Racing Series victory at Kentucky. That same day, NASCAR XFINITY Series ran the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 where Penske Racing driver Ryan Blaney passed Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon on a green-white-checkered flag overtime finish grabbing his second series win at the track.
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