After the craziness that was Daytona last week, both from a weather and race perspective, we get a 1.5-mile track to grapple with this week. And yes, I said grapple. Kentucky isnât your standard run of the mill intermediate track by any means and on top of that, it has perhaps the most challenging turn on an oval on the Cup schedule.
Kentucky Speedway has been hosting Cup series races since 2011 and then in 2016 underwent a reconfiguration and a repave that completely changed the track. After the reconfiguring Turns 1 & 2 are banked at 17 degrees and Turns 3 & 4 are tilted at 14 degrees and the first corners were narrowed to make more room on the apron for cars coming off pit road. The track will have traction compound on it once again which should make for more racing grooves and the nighttime start to the race, as weâve seen this year, should allow for quite a bit of passing over the course of the 267 laps of the scheduled distance.
Starting Positions of Winners