New Kentucky Speedway Repaving – Increased Banking
Meet the new Kentucky Speedway as the track announces it is undertaking a comprehensive renovation of its racing surface which is highlighted by increased banking in Turns 1 and 2 and further improvements. Those include; drainage improvements, additional SAFER barrier, and repaving of the entire 1.5-mile tri-oval. Work has begun and will be completed in time for this year’s NASCAR tripleheader weekend in July.
Lane Construction kind of let the cat out of the bag on this announcement of the track repaving deal back in Novemeber. In a video published to Facebook, Danny James said his company has been contracted to repave Kentucky Speedway and the Atlanta Motor Speedway, both owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc.
“I’m not exactly sure why he’s talking about what we’re doing,” said Mark Simendinger back in Novemeber, Kentucky Speedway’s general manager. “If I were him, I’d be more focused on Lane Construction Corporation is up to — not what we’re up to.” Simendinger said repaving is something track officials have discussed with Lane Construction and other contractors. “Have we made up our mind with what we’re going to do? No,” Simendinger said. “We’re not going to ask Danny James to make our media announcements for us. We evaluate it every year. We’re evaluating it right now. That shouldn’t come as a surprise.”
“Modifying Turns 1 and 2 will present an exciting challenge to the drivers while addressing issues of the track surface, SAFER barrier and drainage will improve safety, which is always our paramount concern,” said General Manager of Kentucky Speedway, Mark Simendinger.
The project will be coordinated by Vice President of Operations and Development for Speedway Motorsports Inc., Steve Swift.
“We have assembled an excellent team, all of whom are familiar with the demands of speedway construction. I am excited about the finished product as we wanted to present a unique challenge to the drivers. This design, with Turns 1 and 2 completely different than 3 and 4 accomplishes that goal. The big winner will be the race fan,” said Swift.
The 2016 season at Kentucky Speedway begins in July with the return of a NASCAR tripleheader weekend anchored by the July 9 Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts. The Camping World Truck Series starts the weekend with a 225-mile event Thursday, July 7 and the XFINITY Series 300-mile event is Friday, July 8.
The XFINITY Series makes its second appearance at the track on Saturday, September 24 along with the ARCA Racing Series Crosley 150 on Friday, September 23 to conclude the fall weekend of racing.
Fans may purchase season tickets and camping, July weekend packages or individual race tickets now by calling (859) 578-2300 or visiting the Kentucky Speedway ticket office at 1 Speedway Drive, Sparta, Ky., 41086 just off Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 North. Ticket office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.