By AMANDA VINCENT
Kentucky Speedway in Sparta announced plans on Tuesday for a “comprehensive renovation” that will include repaving the racing surface, increasing the banking in turns one and two and installing additional SAFER barrier. According to a release from the track, work already has begun and is expected to be completed by the July NASCAR race weekend that will include races for all three of NASCAR’s national series — Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck — and culminate in the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race July 9.
Drainage improvements also are planned, following a 2015 race season that saw moisture issues affect on-track activities during multiple event weekends.
“Modifying turns one and two 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,” Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said.
As in recent years past, the past will have two NASCAR weekends in 2016. The Xfinity Series will return to the track for a second 2016 visit on Sept. 24. The ARCA Racing Series also will compete at Kentucky during the September race weekend.
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