You might be wondering if Kentucky Speedway is closed. The answer is no, it is not. However, due to the pandemic, many racetracks have been closed in order to limit the number of people who attend events. The good news is that the track has changed its status and can now be opened. Hopefully, the new format will bring back some of the old fans and new fans will discover the fun of dirt racing.
Changes To The Schedule
The first change to the schedule is that the track was dropped from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lineup. This has now made room for the return of the Xfinity Series, which will now be contested at the track. The Xfinity Series will feature some of the biggest names in NASCAR and has a very prestigious reputation. The track has also been receiving a lot of attention for the second half of the year, with many big-name drivers looking to make a splash at the end of the season. Unfortunately, many of these drivers are currently suffering from the pandemic, which has caused them to miss the action at several tracks. With the exception of William Byron, who will race at the track on Sunday, the rest of the Cup Series have been sidelined. As a result, the track will be lacking in competition at the end of the season, which is never good for business.
A Return To The Roots
Another big change to the schedule is the return of the Late Model and Street Stocks divisions. This year, the division will feature many top-tier teams and drivers. While the divisions have been around for many years, this year will mark their biggest comeback in years. The divisions have been on hiatus since 2018 and with the return of the track, they will reclaim their place in the speed world. Street Stocks will be a battle of the elite while the Late Model cars will feature some of the best drivers in the country. Needless to say, it will be an exciting season for fans of vintage racing.
More Dirt, More Fun
One of the best things about the new format is that the track allows for more variety in terms of the racing styles. The layout of Kentucky Speedway is similar to the other venues in the playoffs, with a couple of small straightaways and some turns. However, the biggest difference is the addition of a big dirt section in the middle of the track. If you are a fan of dirt cars, this is definitely the place to be. While the pavement gets old quickly, the dirt stays in good condition for a long time. Thanks to the hard work of the crew and the support of the fans, the track looks great and keeps the cars airborne for longer. This provides for more passing opportunities and a feeling of excitement not felt at other venues. This is also the type of track that encourages veterans as well as allows for some high-speed crashes, which can be fun for the fans.
Revisiting Vintage Rivalries
The biggest news of the year for Kentucky Speedway has been the rekindling of some of the oldest rivalries in motorsport. With the exception of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the track has been receiving a lot of attention, both good and bad. The bad attention has come from the fact that there have been various cheating scandals surrounding one of NASCAR’s biggest stars, Kevin Harvick. Even though the track has been cleared of any wrongdoing, many fans have still expressed their anger with the institution. While the good attention has been due to the fact that the track has changed its ways and done some things right, many old rivalries have been revived. Thanks to the new format, teams and drivers from the past are coming back together again for one last hurrah before the end of the season. One of the best parts of the new format is that old rivals are getting one last race together. Since the track has changed its ways, the old animosity has been replaced by one last hurrah before the end of the season. While the format may not be for everyone, for those who love vintage racing, this is the event to be at. The emotions and excitement of these races are unmatched and last for the entire summer, regardless of what happens at other tracks.
All Systems Go For The Playoffs
The final big change to the schedule has to do with the postseason. Now, instead of racing at five tracks, the top eight drivers will travel to Kentucky for the final four races of the season. While the change makes for a more scenic trip for the teams and their supporters, it is not a good thing for the fans. The last thing anyone wants is to travel to a different city for a race weekend. However, due to the pandemic, the sport has had to adapt to make the best of a bad situation. Hopefully, this will not be the case for long and the traditional road to the championship will be back. The postseason at Kentucky Speedway will begin on July 12th and will be followed by the AAA 400 on the 13th, the Lucas Oil 200 on the 20th, the AAA 150 on the 27th, and the AAA 100 on the 31st. This will be a trip that you will not want to miss if you want to see some of the greatest racing in the country.
So, is Kentucky Speedway closed? The answer is no, it is not. However, the track has changed its status and can now be opened. Hopefully, the new format will bring back some of the old fans and new fans will discover the fun of dirt racing. The biggest change comes at the end of the summer, as the traditional championship road will be closed. As a result, many old rivalries will be revived and some of the greatest races in the country will be held at the one-of-a-kind track. If you love vintage racing, this is the place to be. The racing will be outstanding and the memories will live on.