Kentucky Speedway Reportedly To Get July Date For Sprint Cup Race

By: Adam Niemeyer (FOX19 Sports)

A source tells The Associated Press that Kentucky Speedway will get a NASCAR Sprint Cup race in 2011, as Will Graves, of The AP reported Sunday afternoon.

On Friday, Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., the company which owns Kentucky Speedway, released that he was going to hold a press conference on August 10th to announce "some big news". Smith announced that he expected Gov. Steve Beshear to be at the track along with NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip and, Jerry Carroll, the track's former chairman, and a consultant for SMI, to be in attendance as well.

The AP source spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not been announced. Graves announced via his twitter page that the race should be in the "first 14 days" of July. A date in the first half of the month of July would bring two Sprint Cup races within a 100-mile radius of Cincinnati in the same month. The Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is generally held at the end of the month.

The 2011 schedule hasn't been released by NASCAR, but last weekend at Indianapolis NASCAR Chairman Brian France said, "No secret that Kentucky is talking about hosting a Sprint Cup event. That's not that far away."

France also said, "It's a worthy market to at least discuss. But it has implications to Michigan, certainly here to Indianapolis certainly from a geographic standpoint."

FOX19 will update this story as more details become available.