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Kentucky Speedway GM says race scheduled for July will go as planned

(Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)

(Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Sports are slowly returning to our everyday life and the Kentucky Speedway plans on sticking to its original course.

During a conference call via Zoom on Friday, Kentucky Speedway GM Mark Simendinger told reporters that they are “full steam ahead” for the racing event scheduled during the second week of July.

“We’ll be ready for that weekend and ready for all three races,” Simendinger said, according to Jeremey Rauch of FOX19 NOW. “Our directions (from NASCAR) are to go full steam ahead.”

The race will encompass the entire weekend, starting July 9 and running through July 11 with the Quaker State 400 closing out the event on that Sunday.

As of right now, the potential of bringing spectators into the Kentucky Speedway stands is still up-in-the-air. NASCAR has already stated that no fans will be able to attend races that run through June 21, although that could change by the time they get to Kentucky.

“I’ve never had to prepare for two different scenarios,” Simendinger added on the conference call. “We have to prepare as if we are going to have spectators in the grandstands, or a scenario that we don’t have spectators. We don’t where we’re going to fall into all of that.”

NASCAR is set to make its return after a two-month hiatus later on Sunday at Darlington Raceway with a 3:30 p.m. EST starting time on FOX. The race has been named the “The Real Heroes 400”, honoring the frontline workers who have been fighting against the coronavirus.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

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3 Comments for Kentucky Speedway GM says race scheduled for July will go as planned

  1. mashburnfan1
    1:25 pm May 17, 2020 Permalink

    The boring racing, really just follow the leader, at Kentucky Speedway and many other tracks have already eliminated most of the fans from going. Sadly they’ve made so many rules that it is no longer racing, they should call it circling that’s all they do is circle the track in a line now

  2. BigBlueFoo42777
    1:37 pm May 17, 2020 Permalink

    I agree mash although the start to the season had more action. Hopefully they pick up where they left off but I would bet alot of going real fast and turning to the left at darlington.

  3. jaws2
    3:49 pm May 17, 2020 Permalink

    mashburn1 outside of UK football this might be the only thing I agree with you on:)
    I saw my first NASCAR race at North Wilkesboro Speedway in 1982! Man that track was just UNBELIEVABLE! It’s one of the tracks I think should they NEVER have stopped racing on. Tim Flock represented the track and I bought my tickets out of the trunk of his car. You talk about bumpn’ and side by side racing! A track just over half mile (about 5/8ths) with the front stretch downhill and the back uphill! The stands were CONCRETE! You just would not believe how downhill the front was.They called the first 5 rows the ‘chicken bone’ section because some people above would toss there chicken bones over the top of them during the race. ! Waltrip, Yarbrough and Earnhardt owned that place. Oh. and after the race you could go to pit road and watch the inspectors break down 5 cars for ‘official’ inspections. I’ve got a picture with me next to Waltrip and Petty’s cars in the pits! Imagine THAT today! When Waltrip and Yarbrough raced for Junior Johnson they were damn near impossible to beat. I lived in Charlotte for 10 years and man was I hooked. When went to restrictor plates I began losing interest. Like Dale said’ “if you don’t want to go that fast, then get out of the way!” It’s why it’s called racin! The rule changes ruined NASCAR I can’t remember the last time I watched a race. Sad man, really sad what they’ve done to the sport. BTW, there’s only about 5 tracks I haven’t been to.
    BTW I’d just reply but I can’t make the reply work on firefox google or explorer!