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Nationwide Series visits Sparta on Saturday

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) - Maybe it's only fitting that in the middle of
horse country, the longshots have come up big at Kentucky Speedway.
The 1.5-mile tri-oval in northern Kentucky has developed a
reputation for producing unlikely winners during the Nationwide
Series' annual visit. David Gilliland picked up his first career
win at the track in 2006 and Stephen Leicht raced to victory lane
last year.
Many of the regulars from NASCAR's top series, the Sprint Cup,
skip the Nationwide race, allowing some of the second circuit's
young stars to prosper. Gilliland used his 2006 win to catapult him
into the Sprint Cup.
The race is also the first since Bruton Smith, president of
Speedway Motorsports Inc., agreed to purchase the track from the
ownership group led by Jerry Carroll. The deal is expected to be
completed this fall.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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