Kentucky Speedway loses NASCAR Cup Series race

Kentucky Speedway loses NASCAR Cup Series race
Kentucky Speedway will not host the NASCAR Cup Series race in 2021. (Source: FOX19 - Joe Danneman)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Kentucky Speedway won’t be hosting NASCAR’s Cup Series in 2021, according to a statement from Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark Simendinger.

The 1.5 track in Gallatin County, Ky. has been on NASCAR’s schedule for decade. The Quaker State 400 was first held there in 2011.

The speedway opened in 2000.

Simendinger’s statement reads in part:

“This has been a tough year for so many, but there are still wild adventures ahead. We will evolve into a multi-use rental complex and also seek additional entrepreneurial prospects.

"Kentucky Speedway is open for business, and we have the potential to host special events, commercial television production, music festivals, other racing series and stand-alone RV rallies and camping events.

"Change is sometimes hard, but I’m looking forward to the many opportunities that lie ahead for our facility.”

The speedway is a property owned by Speedway Motorsports, which also owns Bristol, Charlotte, Las Vegas, New Hampshire, Sonoma and Texas, according to FOX19 NOW’s media partners at the Enquirer.

The Enquirer cites other reports as saying NASCAR is also leaving Chicagoland Speedway in 2021.

NASCAR is expected to officially announce its 2021 Cup Series schedule on Wednesday.

“The entire tourism industry in Northern Kentucky is disappointed in NASCAR’s decision to eliminate the July Cup Series event at Kentucky Speedway. This had become a signature event for the state of Kentucky and the Cincinnati region that brought in many race fans from all over the country to enjoy, not only the best of stock car racing in a world class facility, but also all of the gems that make this region unique like our growing bourbon industry and special attractions like the Ark Encounter, Newport Aquarium and Cincinnati Zoo. This loss will have a big impact on the region’s hotels, attractions, restaurants and CVG International Airport,”  John Ellison, Board Chair of meetNKY on behalf of the Northern Kentucky tourism community said in a statement.

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