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Kentucky adds second Nationwide race for 2012

October 14, 2011, Track Release,

SPARTA, Ky. -- Saturday date will cap track's September weekend also featuring Truck event

Kentucky Speedway announced Friday the addition of a second 300-mile Nationwide Series race in September among its 2012 events.

The newly awarded race, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22, will close out the speedway's fall weekend that opens with a 225-mile Camping World Truck Series event on Friday, Sept. 21.

"NASCAR's decision to award us a second Nationwide Series date is very gratifying and an important endorsement as we continue to develop Kentucky Speedway," said general manager Mark Simendinger. "Already the nation's second most popular series by a wide margin, the Nationwide Series is poised to grow in popularity next season when drivers Austin Dillon and Danica Patrick begin their full-time quests for the championship. Our fans have always enthusiastically supported the series and I can't think of a better year to add a return date."

The Quaker State 400 is slotted one week earlier on the Sprint Cup Series schedule on Saturday, June 30. The second series event in track history will serve as the finale to a tripleheader weekend that also includes the NNS Feed The Children 300 on Friday and the Truck Series UNOH 225 on Thursday.

Fans visiting the speedway next season will be able to utilize a newly-acquired, 140-acre free parking field immediately east of the facility and a 42-foot wide pedestrian tunnel that will connect the new parking area to speedway tram stops. Patrons will access the new parking area from a widened state Highway 35 off of an expanded Interstate 71 Exit 57 ramp.