By Kevin Kelly
The heritage of Kentucky Speedway is as colourful because the flags waved from its flag stand and the autos that dart round its 1.5-mile music. the trail to its place on NASCARs dash Cup sequence time table integrated extra twists and turns than the roads resulting in Sparta, Kentucky. finally, it took Speedway Motorsports Inc. purchasing the music from its founders in 2008 for developer Jerry Carrolls imaginative and prescient to be learned 3 years later whilst the venue hosted its inaugural Quaker kingdom four hundred. it's all a part of the background of a speedway that introduced a major-league game to the Bluegrass nation.
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Fanatics attempted every little thing to stick cool. music officers pronounced a variety of heat-related calls all through race day. (Courtesy of Kentucky Speedway. ) Jack Roush, NASCAR workforce proprietor and a local of Covington, Kentucky, was once provided the president’s medallion from Berea university president Larry Shinn in a rite sooner than the 2012 Quaker nation four hundred. (Photograph by way of Marc Figgins, courtesy of Kentucky Speedway. ) kingdom tune artist Chris younger held a live performance within the infield ahead of the beginning of the 2012 Quaker nation four hundred. there has been a detailed demand his journey bus in the course of a cease Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina. “It was once approximately 5 seconds from being in flames,” younger acknowledged. “There used to be smoke popping out of the again of it, and it was once pink. We positioned it out with a hearth extinguisher. Thank god we did. at the start, i used to be like, guy, my bus motive force goes to get particularly (mad) if he comes again and we simply sprayed hearth extinguisher far and wide his bus for no cause. He was once like, ‘Man, if y’all hadn’t performed that, it would’ve long past up. ’” (Both pictures through Marc Figgins, courtesy of Kentucky Speedway. ) Laura Bell Bundy played the nationwide anthem sooner than the 2012 Quaker kingdom four hundred. Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, she made her performing debut at Radio urban track Hall’s “Christmas surprising” at nine years previous. (Left, photo via Tami Pope, courtesy of Kentucky Speedway; under, courtesy of Kentucky Speedway. ) Steve Reindl, vice chairman of North American key bills for Quaker country served because the grand marshal for the 2012 Quaker kingdom four hundred. In 2013, Kentucky Speedway introduced a five-year sponsorship extension to make sure Quaker country may stay the identify sponsor of the dash Cup race. (Photograph by means of Tami Pope, courtesy of Kentucky Speedway) Kyle Klingenberg, president of significant manufacturers Oil Co. , served because the honorary starter for the 2012 Quaker kingdom four hundred, the seventeenth of 36 points-paying races at the dash Cup agenda. The race was once televised continue to exist TNT. (Courtesy of Kentucky Speedway. ) Brad Keselowski wrecked his fundamental automobile in Friday’s first perform for the 2012 Quaker country four hundred and was once pressured to visit a backup vehicle. He certified 8th within the No. 2 group Penske Ford. (Photograph by means of Marc Figgins, courtesy of Kentucky Speedway. ) Keselowski by no means stumbled on himself below 8th within the working order in the course of the 2012 Quaker nation four hundred. He crossed the end line four. 399 seconds prior to second-place Kasey Kahne. Kahne had begun nineteenth within the No. five Chevrolet and led all drivers with ninety eight eco-friendly flag passes through the race. (Photograph by means of Tami Pope, courtesy of Kentucky Speedway. ) Keselowski led 3 times for sixty eight laps, together with the ultimate fifty six round the 1. 5-mile song. there have been 17 lead alterations between six drivers. The victory was once the 3rd for Keselowski in a season that observed him with the dash Cup identify. (Photograph through Tami Pope, courtesy of Kentucky Speedway. ) ahead of dash Cup groups back to Kentucky in 2013, the speedway gave its partitions a brand new glance. the skin keeping wall ringing the tune got a coat of eco-friendly paint with gold accents within the turns in a nod to name sponsor Quaker kingdom.