The Kentucky Speedway opened in Sparta with intensity in 2000 by hosting a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Race and they haven't slowed down since. Located between Louisville and Cincinnati, Ohio, north of Louisville, the Speedway is situated on 1,000 acres and seats over 70,000 racing fans. Even though the track has hosted many NASCAR events, it has not been selected to host any of the NEXTEL Cup Series races. However, the track is one of the top tracks for private testing of NEXTEL Cup cars and spectators are allowed to watch the testing from outside of turn three.
The Kentucky Speedway's calendar of events includes NASCAR, Craftsman Truck, Monster Truck, Indy Racing, and ARCA Harley Davidson events. Single-day race tickets start at $20.00 for adults and season passes start at $165.00.Although Sparta is a small town, the Speedway is centrally located between two major cities, which give race fans twice the options when it comes to pursuing race-related activities. Bowling Green is home to the 68,000 sq ft. National Corvette Museum with classics, one-of-a-kind prototypes, race track champions and much more.
Also located in Bowling Green, the Beech Bend Raceway Park hosts several drag racing events during the year including the Tenn-Truck Shootout, AMRA Harley Davidson Drag Racing, Fun Days, NHRA Drag Racing, Buick GS Nationals, Street Car and Chrysler Classic. On their oval track, they host regular Stock Car, Street Modifieds, Figure 8 competitions, Mini-Cups, Mini-Touring, and Legends Cars to name a few. Camping is available at one of their 250 sites with rates beginning at $25 daily. They offer weekly rates and have rental RVs that sleep 6 for $125. per night as well.
The SCCA, Sports Car Clubs of America has several locations throughout Kentucky and each club hosts a wide variety of events. The Kentucky Blue Grass Club is located in Louisville and hosts Fun Run, Test 'n Tune, several Points Events, Driving clinics and much more. The Central Kentucky SCCA is located in Lexington and their calendar of events includes; Point Events, Test 'n Tune, the Lexington Grand Prix, Great American Solo Series events, Mazda Challenge and various rallies.
For those who love KART, Drag or Stock car racing, there are outdoor tracks in various locations all over Kentucky. The Lightening Valley Motorsports Park is located near Junction City and opened in 1995. They host various KART and Stock car races throughout their season. The Ohio Valley Dragway in West Point Kentucky is an official NHRA strip and home of the Door Slammer Nationals. There scheduled races include Motorcycle, Mustang, Camaro Night, Underground Street, Corvette Night, Mychron Top Gun Jr. Series to name a few. Kentucky's racing roots run deep and the variety of events offered throughout the state will thrill any race fan.