Kentucky in Cup Mix as NASCAR Hints at Changes

Posted by Brian Giesenschlag

NASCAR CEO Brian France said Sunday there will be some "pretty impactful" changes to the 2011 Sprint Cup schedule and then mentioned the possibility of Kentucky Motor Speedway finally landing a Sprint Cup Race.

Speaking before the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis, France said the 2011 schedule should be announced in the next two weeks.

"It's no secret that Kentucky is talking about hosting a Sprint Cup event and that's not that far away" France said.  "It's fine to talk about Kentucky. It's a worthy market to at least discuss."

Kentucky Motor Speedway's former ownership group sued NASCAR and ISC after being consistently denied a Sprint Cup Race.  SMI then bought the track with Chairman Bruton Smith promising to work towards bringing NASCAR's top series to Sparta.

A plan is already in place at Kentucky to bring seating capacity at the track up to more than 100,000.  Smith estimates that could be accomplished over the course of a few months.

If given a Cup date by NASCAR, it's likely SMI would have to move a race from one of its other tracks.