How Many Seats At Kansas Speedway? [Facts!]

Next month, the NASCAR hauler will be traveling to the center of Kansas for the 2019 edition of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. This year’s race will mark Shawnee State University’s 50th anniversary and will be known as the “Battle of the Bands” race. It will be the second time this year that the Kansas Speedway has welcomed both the NASCAR and the NCAA football teams. The annual football matchup between the Jayhawks and the Kansas State Wildcats is known as the “Amway Classic,” and fans will have the opportunity to attend both events, as long as they buy a single-day NASCAR ticket. The only difference this year is that the battle for the “Amway Championship” will be held at the same location as the “Battle of the Bands” race.

This year will mark the 78th running of the Kansas Speedway. The first NASCAR race was held there back in 1969, and it has been the home of the Monster Energy Series ever since. Even after 39 years, it remains one of the most popular speedways not only in the United States but in the world. Each year, the track hosts the Chase for the Cup, a round of the Monster Energy Series that determines the champion. The championship will be decided over the last two races of the season. The defending champion will be returning to defend his title, while the 2019 edition of the race will determine the next season champion.

Seating Chart

One of the most iconic venues in all of motorsports, the Kansas Speedway has attracted a who’s who of racing’s greatest. Some of NASCAR’s biggest names have called the track home, including Richard Petty, Richard >Braun, David Pearson, and Bill Elliott. In 2018, Richard >Childress became the first driver to pass the milestone of earning 500 wins at the Kansas Speedway. The track also hosted the first Brickyard 400, which is now known as the IndyCar Grand Prix. Many of the greatest hockey players of all time have called the track home as well, with the list including Gordie >Howe, Alex >Dekeyzer, and Bobby >Orr. The only other track to have hosted more NHL games is >Rochester >Adams >St. Rose >Rochester.

Track Map

If you’re driving to the Kansas Speedway, you’ll be traveling on US 169/20. The first thing that you’ll see as you enter the grounds is the Turn 1 rest area, which features a convenience store, a restaurant, and a beer garden. Before you know it, you’ll be turning left into the Triple Cheese Impressions Rest Area, where you’ll find more restaurants, shops, and parking spaces. The entrance road to the track is named “Turn 1,” and it will lead you directly to the infield. The speedway is made up of 2.5 miles of Straightaways, 20 Turns, and 2,375 feet of Banked Turns. The turns are banked at 24 degrees, which helps to make the Kansas Speedway one of the most dangerous racetracks in the world.

Track History

The first NASCAR race at the Kansas Speedway was on AUGUST 6, 1969. It was a 300-mile race that was part of the inaugural season of the American Automobile Guild (now the Automobile Guild of Kansas). The race was won by Smoke Jackson, who drove his Plymouth Cuda to a time of 2 hours, 45 minutes, and 15 seconds. The race was organized by Bob Bowman, who owned the track at the time. He would eventually sell the stake to a group of Minnesotans, who would become the current landowners of the track.

The Kansas Speedway has been hosting the Cup Chase race since 1972. The series competes for the championship among the final three races of the season. The winner of the race ends up holding the championship for that season. The 2019 champion will be determined at the end of the season, on JUNE 26 and 27.

Future Of The Kansas Speedway

Even though this year’s edition of the Chase for the Cup will mark the 50th anniversary of the Kansas Speedway, it’s not going to be the final race there. The track’s future is very much up in the air, as the landowners are currently looking for a new operator for the facility. Rumors have it that they intend to renovate the stadium and make it a multi-purpose stadium that can be used for both NASCAR and MLB games. It would be a fitting tribute to honor the legacy of the greatest stadium in all of NASCAR by renovating the stadium and making it a multi-purpose stadium that can be used for both NASCAR and MLB.

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