If you follow motorsport at all, you’ll know that Kentucky Speedway is one of the most iconic tracks in all of motorsport. It was the site of one of the most famous battles between man and machine, featuring a heavily modified Ford Mustang and a rocket-pack-equipped Cement Czar. The track is steeped in history, and it doesn’t get enough love from the fans or the racing community. Unfortunately, the track is also cursed; it’s never fun to be there when a lightning storm is brewing and the rains are coming down, especially when you’re trying to set up for a race.
While Kentucky Speedway has had its ups and downs over the years, it’s stuck to its guns and never strayed too far away from its core values of speed and versatility. Thanks to its unique location in northern Kentucky, it’s easy for fans to get to, and it doesn’t get quite as cold as other tracks in the region, so the motor sports enthusiasts still flock there in droves.
While we can’t change the weather, we can take steps to make sure that next time lightning strikes near a track, it’s far away from the venue. Below, you’ll discover when the next race at Kentucky Speedway is, including some infographics to make it easier for you to wrap your head around.
When Is The Next Race At Kentucky Speedway?
Thanks to our friends at SportsPal, we can find out the next race at Kentucky Speedway, along with the results of recent races. As you’ll see below, there are a few events lined up for the rest of this year, along with some exciting news regarding the future of the track.
First up is the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, presented by RJ Reynolds, on August 24th. SportsPal says that this will be the last event of the season, and it will be followed by the Championship Finals on October 7th. From there, we’ll move into the offseason, and then the scene will shift back to the track for the 2019 season, with a variety of races from which to choose.
What Are The Key Stats Relating To The Future Of Kentucky Speedway?
Let’s take a look at some key stats regarding the future of Kentucky Speedway. Due to its size, we’ll consider it a mid-sized sports car track, similar to some of the other big-name racing venues, like Fontana and Bristol.
First up, we’ll look at the average number of cars that the track can handle based on its current configuration. The figure below shows that Kentucky Speedway can hold around seven or eight cars per lap, which is decent for a track of this size. Seven or eight cars per lap is a lot more than you’ll find at most other venues, which means there’s probably room for some more cars.
Then, we’ll look at its turn-around time, which is the amount of time it takes for cars to complete one lap. Based on our research, the average time was just over three minutes in 2019, which is decent. Compared to other similarly-sized tracks, like Sonoma and Watkins Glen, the time is a little bit quicker, which means that there’s less downtime for the crews and fans. Less waiting around means more action!
Another important stat to consider is the number of grooves and configurations that the track has available. Below, you’ll see that there are 16 grooves available, ranging from super-soft to super-rough, meaning there’s a surface for every taste. That’s a lot of variety, especially for a track this size. Whether you prefer your asphalt cold and hard, or you need it to stick to your rear-end like glue, there’s a groove for that. And the nice folks at SportsPal even factored the temperature into the equation, so you know if you’re going to end up with freeze-ups or burnouts if you’re not careful.
What Will The Track Liek In 2021?
Based on our research and data-gathering, we were able to determine that the track will be in a bit of a predicament in the coming months. The first event is scheduled for August 24th, which is two weeks from now. As you can imagine, there’s not a lot of time to make renovations. However, some changes will be made in an effort to make the track more user-friendly for the fans and the racers alike.
The first thing that you’ll notice when you visit the track is that there will be lots of renovations happening. If you’re a fan of classic automobiles, you’ll notice that some of them are being repainted in their original colors, and others are being restored to their former glory. In other words, the track is undergoing a bit of a makeover to give it that original NASCAR feel. Unfortunately, this also means that it will be a little bit messier as the work gets underway. The second thing that you’ll notice is the increase of security around the track and the venue. Last year, there were only a few security guards on site at all times, but this year, thanks in part to the pandemic, there will be officers present at all times, including during races.
If you plan on visiting the track, it’s important to remember that it’s never easy to set up for a race, especially when the weather is bad and you’re trying to get everything done. Fortunately, it won’t be the end of the world if you miss the race; there will be others later in the year. Below, you’ll discover a few more tidbits of information regarding next year’s schedule.
What Is The Track Address?
If you want to find out the track address, just type it into your GPS or look it up on Maps. Here, you’ll find the address:
1290 Great American Boulevard Berea, KY 40425
That’s the address of the track, and it’s a pretty easy to find. Even if you’ve never been there, you probably know the area well. It’s close to the airport, and there’s lots of hotels and restaurants nearby, so it’s not hard to find a place to stay and eat. For those of you looking for a place to crash for a night, the TrackCab Insured Hotel and the track both offer unique experiences, and both provide excellent services, as you’ll see below.
Why Is Next Year’s Schedule So Busy?
Thanks to our friends at SportsPal, we can get a good idea of why the next year’s schedule is so packed. As you’ll see below, there are a lot of events lined up, starting in mid-August and continuing throughout the year.
Here’s a breakdown of the events:
The first event is the famed Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, presented by RJ Reynolds, on August 24th. The final event of the season is typically one of the most exciting at the end of summer, and it will be no different this year. This event is a celebration of all things automotive, and it brings together some of the greatest drivers in the country for a last hurrah before the season draws to a close. This year, the finale will be held on October 7th, and it will feature the stars of the show, the drivers, as well as some of the greatest cars from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. It should be an exciting finale to the season, and a glimpse of what’s to come in the next year. This is one event you don’t want to miss.
The Schell’s Six Hours of Thunder are back, and they’re one of the highlights of the season, if not the entire year. This is a vintage race, held at the height of the summer, when the weather is at its hottest. It was first held in 1959, and it was one of the first races held after the end of the season, which typically means that there’s a lot of dust on the track and it’s hot as hell everywhere. This is one of the great American pastimes, and it’s one of the reasons why the country has pulled itself out of the Great Depression, even during these trying times. The original intention was for this race to be an all-star event, and it still holds true, with some of the greatest names in the history of motorsport taking part. This year’s installment will be the 86th running of this event. Mark your calendars now!