They had some conversations. I was not a part of any of those conversations,” he said. I hope this is a one-year thing. Change is sometimes hard, but I’m looking forward to the many opportunities that lie ahead for our facility.”. Guillion said local high school athletes often worked booths and concessions at the track to raise money for their sports teams. Who knows? It’s going to be a major blow to our sports athletics departments.”. There will be no NASCAR race at Kentucky Motor Speedway in 2021, first reported by The Athletic's Jordan Bianchi. “I have not been in contact with the Speedway at all,” he said. Kentucky Speedway won’t host NASCAR races in 2021 after 21 years on the auto racing circuit’s calendar. He didn’t have an estimate on how much money they brought in but says it was enough to get them through the year. Kentucky Speedway is off the schedule for the first time since 2011. Indianapolis was already slated to … I hope it comes back.”Gullion says he plans to get in touch with Judge Executive Ryan Morris to figure out a plan to move forward. This is just a sad day for our city and state.”, Gullion went on about the impact it will have on Sparta’s economy. They had some conversations. As you may know by now, Kentucky Speedway will not be hosting NASCAR events in 2021. Message from Kentucky Speedway EVP and GM Mark Simendinger Tuesday September 29, 2020 As the new NASCAR 2021 schedule has come to light, we are disappointed to share that Kentucky Speedway will not be hosting you in the Bluegrass State in 2021. It’s going to be a loss of income for this year. There will be no NASCAR race at Kentucky Motor Speedway in 2021, first reported by The Athletic's Jordan Bianchi. (Sparta, Ky.) – Kentucky Speedway will not host a NASCAR race in 2021. Sure, Kentucky Speedway was a 1.5-mile tri-oval that produced a lot of follow-the-leader racing, but you can’t solely blame that on the track. If you have a race account credit with … “We’re also getting a new airport, which the Speedway played a part in acquiring that. Gullion says he plans to get in touch with Judge Executive Ryan Morris to figure out a plan to move forward. Simendinger did not give a reason for losing the series. YOU. The NCAA still plans for the usual 68-team field in 2021 with the first two weekends of games played in March and April. “It’s going to hurt our stores in town. We will evolve into a multi-use rental complex and also seek additional entrepreneurial prospects. Hearst Television participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on purchases made through our links to retailer sites. I hope this is a one-year thing. The judge executive says the decision will likely impact 20 to 30 full-time employees in the area, as well as local businesses, charities and high school athletes who rely on race weekend business and fundraisers. ... and it will not travel to Kentucky Speedway for the first time since 1999. NASCAR is expected to make significant changes to its 2021 Cup Series schedule, which added more variety to its 36-race schedule. This is just a sad day for our city and state.”Gullion went on about the impact it will have on Sparta’s economy. BUT MORRIS SAYS HE DOESN’T THINK THAT AFFECTED THE DECISION. The judge executive says the decision will likely impact 20 to 30 full-time employees in the area, as well as local businesses, charities and high school athletes who rely on race weekend business and fundraisers. The Kentucky Speedway will not host the NASCAR Cup series in 2021, according to track Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark Simendinger.In a statement released Tuesday, Simendinger said, “Of course, we’re disappointed the Bluegrass State is not on NASCAR’S schedule for 2021, as the past two decades have been filled with memorable moments that will last a lifetime. The major new additions to the schedule are already known to be Circuit of the Americas in … HE SAYS HE’S ALREADY IN DISCUSSIONS ABOUT A MARKETING PLAN AND SPONSORSHIPS AIMED AT DRIVING FANS, AND NASCAR, BACK IN 2022. I was not a part of any of those conversations,” he said. ©2020, Hearst Television Inc. on behalf of WLKY-TV. Kentucky Motor Speedway will join Chicago Motor Speedway … Kentucky Speedway loses NASCAR Cup Series race for 2021 After 10 years, Kentucky Speedway is losing its status as a NASCAR Cup Series track. Kentucky Speedway is open for business, and we have the potential to host special events, commercial television production, music festivals, other racing series and stand-alone RV rallies and camping events. HE SAYS THE TRACK HOPES TO HOST OTHER EVENTS LIKE MUSIC FESTIVALS AND R.V. NATALIE: -- REPORTER: MORRIS BELIEVES A DECLINE IN ATTENDANCE PLAYED A FACTOR. It’s going to be a loss of income for this year. It will cost the local economy millions of dollars. All three of Kentucky’s early basketball commitments for the class of 2021 have officially signed with the Wildcats, the team announced Wednesday. Here's why officials argue the decision will impact the whole region. Kentucky Speedway loses NASCAR Cup series for 2021; decline in attendance could be factor, IMPACT. “Of course, we're disappointed the Bluegrass State is not on NASCAR's schedule for 2021, as the past two decades have been filled with memorable moments that will last a lifetime,” said Mark Simendinger, executive vice president and general manager of Kentucky Speedway. REPORTER: THE TRACK SITS JUST OFF OF INTERSTATE 71 IN SPARTA, A TOWN OF 200 PEOPLE, AND NOT MUCH TO DO. Multiple reports say that the annual stop in Sparta is off of … Morris believes a decline in attendance played a factor. He didn’t have an estimate on how much money they brought in but says it was enough to get them through the year. HE SAYS THE DECISION WILL LIKELY IMPACT 20 TO 30 FULL TIME EMPLOYEES IN THE AREA, AS WELL AS LOCAL CHARITIES AND HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES WHO RELY ON RACE WEEKEND FUNDRAISER >> I KNOW OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS ARE GOING TO HURT. WLKY reached out to Sparta Mayor Sidney Gullion, who says he was surprised to hear the news. JENNIFER: THE SPEEDWAY’S GENERAL MANAGER RELEASED A STATEMENT CALLING THIS A TOUGH YEAR. (AP Photo/Scott Cunningham). Among the reported changes are more road-course races, including Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 15, 2021. The other major backcourt player on Kentucky’s 2021 radar is Omaha point guard Hunter Sallis, who stayed at No. We will evolve into a multi-use rental complex and also seek additional entrepreneurial prospects. In a statement released Tuesday, Simendinger said, “Of course, we’re disappointed the Bluegrass State is not on NASCAR’S schedule for 2021, as the past two decades have been filled with memorable moments that will last a lifetime. NASCAR is expected to make significant changes to its 2021 Cup Series schedule when its released Wednesday by adding more variety to its 36-race schedule.. I hope it comes back.”. We’re disappointed the Bluegrass State will not be hosting you next year. Mile-and-a-half tracks such as Kentucky are falling out of favor, deemed to produce too much uninteresting racing. >> WE ARE GOING TO FEEL THAT. The mayor said this also raises a question about an airport coming to the area. Copyright 2020 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Dear Kentucky Speedway Customer, I would like to sincerely thank you for your support of our Speedway through the years. >> I THINK THEY ARE COMING FOR THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE OF THE RACE AND THE THINGS THAT ARE SURROUNDING WHAT A RACE DAY OR RACE WEEK ENTAILS, SO I WOULD NOT THINK THAT THE IDEA THAT THERE MIGHT NOT BE OTHER THINGS AROUND THERE IT WOULD PLAY IN THAT FACTOR. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Kentucky Speedway is a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) tri-oval speedway in Sparta, Kentucky, which has hosted ARCA, NASCAR and Indy Racing League racing annually since it opened in 2000. If you have a race account credit with … The removal of Kentucky and Chicagoland from the 2021 schedule means Speedway Motorsports Inc. and NASCAR, the owners of most of the venues on the NASCAR calendar, are each moving at least one race to other venues. There will be vendors for all your needs, trail rides/ obstacle courses for your off road vehicle, camping, music, food and much more information to be announced soon. Who knows? This has been a tough year for so many, but there are still wild adventures ahead. Initially reported by Jordan Bianchi of The Athletic and later confirmed by NASCAR, both the Kentucky and Chicagoland Speedway tracks will not be included in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series. “I think at the end of the day, it was a business decision with NASCAR and the owners of the track. Kentucky Speedway is open for business, and we have the potential to host special events, commercial television production, music festivals, other racing series and stand-alone RV rallies and camping events. “I sure hate to see this happen,” he said. LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)- NASCAR won't be returning to Kentucky speedway in 2021. REPORTER: ANOTHER UNANSWERED QUESTION, WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE AIRPORT BEING BUILT IN THE AREA, LARGELY DUE TO THE 107,000 SEAT TRACK? Kentucky Speedway is not included on the 2021 NASCAR schedule, and we want to thank all of our race fans for their past support. REPORTER: GALLATIN COUNTY JUDGE EXECUTIVE RYAN MORRIS SAYS HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR THE KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY, BUT HE ESTIMATES THE LOSS OF THE NASCAR CUP SERIES WILL COST THE COUNTY AND LOCAL BUSINESSES TENS OF THOUSANDS, IF NOT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN REVENUE. REPORTER: THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS GOING TO HAVE A BIG FINANCIAL IMPACT ON THE SMALL TOWN OF SPARTA AND GALLATIN COUNTY. Another such track, Chicagoland Speedway, also lost its NASCAR dates for 2021. For the first time since 2011, the Kentucky Speedway will not be a part of the NASCAR Cup Series. RALLIES IN THE FUTURE HE DID NOT SAY WHY NASCAR OPTED OUT OF KENTUCKY. The track is currently owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports, Inc..Before 2008 Jerry Carroll, along with four other investors, were the majority owners of Kentucky Speedway. STATEMENT FROM KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER, MARK SIMENDINGER: "Of course, we’re disappointed the Bluegrass State is not on NASCAR’s schedule for 2021, as the past two decades have been filled with memorable moments that will last a lifetime," said Mark Simendinger, executive vice president and general manager of Kentucky Speedway. Kentucky Speedway hosted the Cup Series from 2011-20. We will evolve into a multi-use rental complex and also seek additional entrepreneurial prospects. “I sure hate to see this happen,” he said. After 10 years as a NASCAR Cup Series racetrack, Kentucky Speedway is not on the 2021 Cup schedule that NASCAR will announce on Wednesday. Kentucky Speedway is not included on the 2021 NASCAR schedule, and we want to thank all of our race fans for their past support. “My understanding is they will make an announcement today.”WLKY also reached out to Gallatin County Judge Executive Ryan Morris who expects a financial loss in the “tens of thousands” if not “hundreds of thousands of dollars.” Morris believes a decline in attendance played a factor. “My understanding is they will make an announcement today.”, WLKY also reached out to Gallatin County Judge Executive Ryan Morris who expects a financial loss in the “tens of thousands” if not “hundreds of thousands of dollars.”. MORRIS THINKS THE STATE AND FAA FUNDED PROJECT WILL CONTINUE. The Kentucky Speedway will not host the NASCAR Cup series in 2021, according to track Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark Simendinger. Receive daily coronavirus & public health news straight to your inbox. "This has been a tough year for so many, but there are still wild adventures ahead. When asked if the small size of Sparta and lack of tourist attractions played a part, Morris said, “I think they’re coming for the whole experience of the race and they’re coming for what the race week or race day entails, so I wouldn’t think that the idea that there might not be other things around there would play in that factor.”Morris says he’s already in discussions about a marketing plan and potential sponsorships that could help the Kentucky Speedway lure NASCAR and NASCAR fans back to the track in 2022. SPARTA, Ky. (WKRC) – NASCAR left the Kentucky Speedway off its 2021 race schedule. THEIR ATHLETIC DEPARTMENTS WOULD WORK THERE AND SURROUNDING SCHOOLS WOULD MAKE MONEY FOR THEIR PROGRAMS. “Our fans have heard me … Sports event in Sparta, KY by Kentucky Speedway on Friday, October 1 2021 with 1.1K people interested and 91 people going. 6 overall in the new 247Sports rankings. CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Kentucky Speedway won’t be hosting NASCAR’s Cup Series in 2021, according to a statement from Executive Vice President and … “We’re also getting a new airport, which the Speedway played a part in acquiring that. Change is sometimes hard, but I’m looking forward to the many opportunities that lie ahead for our facility.”Simendinger did not give a reason for losing the series.The track opened in Sparta, Kentucky 20 years ago, and on race days, would boost the small town’s population from 200 to 110,000. Former NCAA administrator Sue Donohoe died Sunday after a brief illness, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame announced. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race at historic Knoxville Raceway in Iowa in 2021. Along with the many reported changes, NASCAR will be adding more road-course races, including one at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 15, 2021. The Kentucky Speedway will not host the NASCAR Cup series in 2021, according to track Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark Simendinger. Mark Simendinger, general manager of Kentucky Speedway, stated “Of course, we’re disappointed the Bluegrass State is not on NASCAR’s schedule for … I HAVE TWO THINK THOSE FOLKS HAD CONVERSATIONS. Kentucky Motor Speedway will join Chicago Motor Speedway as the two tracks that will not be involved in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series. – The Kentucky Speedway will not be hosting a NASCAR race in 2021. It’s going to be a major blow to our sports athletics departments.”Guillion said local high school athletes often worked booths and concessions at the track to raise money for their sports teams. I WAS NOT A PART OF ANY OF THE CONVERSATIONS. “I have not been in contact with the Speedway at all,” he said. Their removal marks the first time since 2004 that a track is being removed from the Cup Series. “I think at the end of the day, it was a business decision with NASCAR and the owners of the track. When asked if the small size of Sparta and lack of tourist attractions played a part, Morris said, “I think they’re coming for the whole experience of the race and they’re coming for what the race week or race day entails, so I wouldn’t think that the idea that there might not be other things around there would play in that factor.”Morris says he’s already in discussions about a marketing plan and potential sponsorships that could help the Kentucky Speedway lure NASCAR and NASCAR fans back to the track in 2022. 2021 OFF ROAD INVASION 09/23/20 Kentucky Speedway loses NASCAR Cup Series race for 2021 SPARTA, Ky. (WKYT) - FOX Sports and The Athletic first reported that Kentucky Speedway … >> I THINK AT THE END OF THE DAY IT WAS A BUSINESS DECISION, PROBABLY WITH NASCAR AND THE OWNERS OF THE TRACK. Kentucky Speedway held its first NASCAR race in 2011. The sanctioning body’s 2021 schedule includes races at two tracks that have never hosted Cup races and doesn’t feature races at either Chicagoland Speedway or Kentucky Speedway. It added second races at Darlington and Atlanta. NASCAR’s new schedule eliminated races at both Kentucky Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway in 2021. Cole Custer won there in July. WE ARE GOING TO FEEL THAT SOON I THINK. October 1-3, 2021....Off Road Invasion at Kentucky Speedway will encompass any vehicle in the off road category. WLKY reached out to Sparta Mayor Sidney Gullion, who says he was surprised to hear the news. Kentucky Speedway is open for business, and we have the potential to host special events, commercial television production, music festivals, other racing series and stand-alone RV rallies and camping events. The track opened in Sparta, Kentucky 20 years ago, and on race days, would boost the small town’s population from 200 to 110,000. “It’s a nice facility. This has been a tough year for so many, but there are still wild adventures ahead. “It’s going to hurt our stores in town. “It’s a nice facility. Change is sometimes hard, but I’m looking forward to the many opportunities that lie ahead for our facility.”, Brad Keselowski leads a row of cars as they come through the front stretch during a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, in Hampton, Ga. Keselowski won the race. The mayor said this also raises a question about an airport coming to the area.