Kentucky Speedway Sold

SMI completes its purchase
of the Kentucky Speedway

New owner vows to bring Sprint Cup Series to Sparta

From the Kentucky Speedway

Bruton Smith

Photo provided

Bruton Smith talks
with the media during
a June 2008 visit to the Kentucky Speedway.

(January 2009) – NASCAR's prestigious Sprint Cup Series may soon be headed to Sparta, Ky., with the completion of the sale of the Kentucky Speedway to a new owner.
Speedway Motorsports Inc. on Jan. 2 added the Kentucky Speedway to its portfolio of motorsports facilities, expanding its geographic reach into the Midwest. The completed purchase was announced by O. Bruton Smith, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports Inc.
“We are extremely excited about the new opportunities this market is going to bring the company,” said Smith. “Since we announced this acquisition in May, we have been overwhelmed with the response of fans expressing their support and desire for a Sprint Cup event at Kentucky Speedway. We will continue to work with NASCAR to bring a Sprint Cup race to this fine facility as soon as possible. We are going to do everything we can to bring the great people of Kentucky what they want and deserve.”

Kentucky Speedway
2009 Race Schedule

• May 9: ARCA RE/MAX Series “Kentucky 150”
• June 12: NASCAR Nationwide Series Practice Day
• June 13: NASCAR Nationwide Series “Kentucky 300”
• July 17: NASCAR Truck Series and ARCA RE/MAX Series Practice Day
• July 18: ARCA RE/MAX Series “Kentucky 150” and NASCAR Truck Series “Built Ford Tough 225 Pres. by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers”
• July 31: IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights Practice Day
• Aug. 1: Firestone Indy Lights “Kentucky 100” and IndyCar Series “Kentucky 300”
• Tickets and information: www.KentuckySpeedway.com

Speedway Motorsports is a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. The company, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates the following premier facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway, newly acquired Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.
The company provides souvenir merchandising services through its SMI Properties subsidiaries; manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars and parts through its 600 Racing subsidiary; and produces and broadcasts syndicated motorsports programming to radio stations nationwide through its Performance Racing Network subsidiary.
The company also equally-owns Motorsports Authentics, a joint venture formed with International Speedway Corporation to produce, market and sell licensed motorsports merchandise.

• For more information, visit the company’s website at: www.speedwaymotorsports.com. To read about the upcoming racing season in Sparta, visit: www.kentuckyspeedway.com.

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