NASCAR APPROVES REALIGNMENT REQUEST
Kansas Speedway and International Speedway Corporation (ISC) announced today that NASCAR has approved ISC’s request for realignment and beginning in 2011, Kansas Speedway will host two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends.
The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend will be held June 4-5 and the second event weekend will be the fourth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Oct. 8-9.
2010 Kansas Speedway ticketholders will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets for the new June race. Tickets for the 2011 events will go on sale after Kansas Speedway’s 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend in October.
“This is an exciting announcement for Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas, and the state of Kansas,” said Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren. “Our fan support for the past 10 years has been tremendous and as a result of that support and the new Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway, we are fortunate enough to gain an additional NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race starting in 2011. We will continue to offer our fans the best guest experience in motorsports.”
ISC Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy stated, “The Kansas City region is an important one for the NASCAR racing teams and marketing partners, and the Hollywood Casino project will make Kansas Speedway two of the most anticipated stops on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule.”
The complete 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule is expected to be released later this year.
Kansas Speedway tickets for Sept. 30 – Oct. 3, 2010 events are on sale now by calling 866.460.RACE(7223) or logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com, including weekend tickets for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods on Oct. 3, 2010 and the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 on Oct. 2, 2010 are available.
Tickets for O’Reilly Auto Parts Qualifying Day on Oct. 1, 2010 are also on sale.
The Kansas Lottery 150 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards is set for Thursday, Sept. 30. Fans can bring a non-winning Kansas Lottery ticket for free admission. Fans 18 and under are free.
Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring one 6x6x12-inch soft-sided cooler into the grandstands with their favorite food and beverages.
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What They Are Saying
Read what some local NASCAR drivers think about Kansas Speedway having two Sprint Cup dates in 2011.
Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet and Kansas native
"Every time we go there, it's a packed house. It's something that I'm proud of, being a Kansan, to know that the stands are filled every time we race there.There's a good fan base there made up of a lot of grassroots racing fans. Having the second race there proves how strong that fan base is in that part of the country. Midwest racing is second to none."
Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Ford and Missouri native
"I want to win a race at Kansas in a Cup car worse than anything. That's the Daytona 500 for me. The truck race I won there (2004) was one of the coolest moments of my career, one of the most satisfying accomplishments that I've had."
"Every time I go back there, it's like this whole city has built up around the race track. I hope we can have two races a year there for the next 20 years."
Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet and Missouri native
"It means a little bit more to me as a born-and-raised Midwesterner to have the opportunity to race in front of people that I might have raced with, or maybe in front of, growing up in Missouri."