Kansas Speedway adds June NASCAR weekend

Kansas Speedway and International Speedway Corporation announced today that NASCAR has approved ISC's request for a second Sprint Cup weekend at Kansas Speedway.

The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend will be held June 4-5 and the second weekend will be the fourth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Oct. 8-9.

This will be the first time two Sprint Cup weekends will be run at Kansas Speedway since the facility opened in 2001. Lesa France Kennedy, chief executive officer of ISC, was to make a formal announcement today at the track.

Kennedy pledged to petition NASCAR's board of directors for a second date if the state of Kansas approved the Hollywood Casino project that is now under construction above turn 2 at the track.

"The Kansas City region is an important one for the NASCAR racing teams and marketing partners, and the Hollywood Casino project will make Kansas Speedway two of the most anticipated stops on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule," said Kennedy, who was a driving force in the planning and design of Kansas Speedway.

ISC also has approved lights for Kansas Speedway, but it is uncertain whether either weekend in 2011 will include a night race.

Still to be addressed is whether Kansas Speedway's schedule will allow room for the Indy Racing League. The IndyCar Series has run at Kansas Speedway in late April or early May since 2007 after competing on fourth of July weekend during 2001-2006.

Kansas Speedway ticketholders will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets for the new June race. Tickets for the 2011 events will go on sale after Kansas Speedway's 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend in October.

"This is an exciting announcement for Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas, and the state of Kansas," said Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren. "Our fan support for the past 10 years has been tremendous and as a result of that support and the new Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway, we are fortunate enough to gain an additional NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race starting in 2011."

The complete 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule is expected to be released later this year.

The 2010 weekend will include the Kansas Lottery 150 ARCA Racing Series on Thursday, Sept. 30. Fans can bring a non-winning Kansas Lottery ticket for free admission. Fans 18 and under are free.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 2, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods will be on Oct. 3. Tickets are available for that race package.