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2016 Anthem Annual Feb Web PDF

2016 NASCAR SCHEDULE JULY 7 Kentucky 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race JULY 8 Kentucky 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series Race JULY 9 Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race SEPTEMBER 24 Kentucky 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series Race Kentucky Speedway Well-known Northern Kentucky entrepreneur Jerry Carroll and four additional independent investors launched plans to construct the 66,000-capacity Kentucky Speedway in early 1998 and broke ground on the largest excavation project in state history that year in July. The venue operated independently until it became the eighth member of the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. family on December 31, 2008. SMI invested heavily in the Kentucky fan experience by increasing seating capacity to 107,000 with the construction of two 20,000-seat grandstands, widening the infi eld Fan Zone by moving pit road 200 feet closer to the grandstands while expanding access roads, parking lots and campgrounds. The speedway, which is now in its 17th year of operation, announced a major renovation project in January. Some of the changes included are the increased banking in Turns 1 and 2, additional SAFER barriers and the repaving of the 1.5-mile tri-oval. In 2015, Kentucky Speedway was one of the stops on Kyle Busch’s “victory tour.” After winning at Sonoma two weeks earlier, Busch used Kentucky as the launching point for three consecutive victories. He started ninth in the race, led 163 laps and beat Joey Logano to the checkered fl ag for his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory here. Busch went on to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, joining Keselowski as the only drivers to win at Kentucky and win the championship in the same season. In the NASCAR XFINITY Series, it was the Team Penske show at Kentucky Speedway. In July, Keselowski led 72 laps in the race and held off up-and-coming star Erik Jones to win the race. Only a couple of months later, Ryan Blaney made it two-for-two for Team Penske by winning his second NASCAR XFINITY Series race of the year. Matt Crafton had a milestone year in 2015, and Kentucky Speedway was one piece of the puzzle. His victory from the pole position was his fi rst here, and was the second of a career-high six victories last season. It was a thrilling victory for Crafton, who passed multiple drivers on the last lap after they ran out of fuel. 50 ANTHEM MOTORSPORTS ANNUAL


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