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2017 Anthem Annual February

Drew Hallowell/NASCAR via Getty Images 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 infield 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 18th year of operation, announced a major renovation project last January. Some of the changes were the increased banking in turns 1 and 2, additional SAFER barriers and the repaving of the 1.5-mile tri-oval. In 2016, Brad Keselowski picked up his third victory in only six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kentucky. He started KENTUCKY second in the race, led 75 laps and beat Carl Edwards to the checkered flag by .175 seconds. In July, Kyle Busch stopped Austin Dillon from getting his third victory in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at the track. It was Busch’s first victory in the series at Kentucky in 12 years — his last came in 2004. Elliott Sadler — who finished fifth in the July race — finally found his way to Victory Lane during the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 XFINITY Series race in September. William Byron added a victory at Kentucky Speedway to his already impressive 2016 season. Byron was on a roll, having won three out of nine NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. It was Byron’s fourth victory in 2016 and his first at Kentucky Speedway. 72 ANTHEM MOTORSPORTS ANNUAL


2017 Anthem Annual February
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