Sunday, August 27, 2000

Speedway close to nabbing Busch race

By Tom Groeschen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SPARTA, Ky. — Jerry Carroll won't confirm it, but speculation is that Kentucky Speedway will announce this week its acquisition of a NASCAR Busch race for 2001.

        Carroll wants a Busch race as a stepping stone to a Winston Cup date. For now, Carroll would be thrilled to welcome Busch, the No.2 NASCAR series.

        “We just think our performance speaks for itself,” the speedway chairman said Saturday. “We think we've proved we can host major-league racing.”

        Carroll declined further comment, but word is that NASCAR brass will visit for an announcement this week.

        Last week, two Busch dates opened when Myrtle Beach (S.C.) and South Boston (Va.) announced they would relinquish their races in 2001. That swung the door wider for Kentucky Speedway, which debuted in June with a NASCAR Craftsman Truck race.

        NASCAR officials continually decline to comment on future schedules. Kevin Triplett, NASCAR director of operations, said only that Kentucky Speedway did well at its truck race.


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