NASCAR official says no Sprint Cup race in Kentucky next year

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) - Despite the pleas of Kentucky Speedway's
prospective new buyer, a NASCAR official says there will be no
Sprint Cup race at the track next year.
NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said Saturday the 2009 Sprint Cup series schedule won't include a stop at the 1.5-mile tri-oval.
Speedway Motorsports Inc. is in the process of purchasing the
northern Kentucky track from the current ownership group led by
businessman Jerry Carrol.
SMI president Bruton Smith said while touring the track on
Saturday he was optimistic the track could secure an '09 Cup date
if the current ownership group dropped an antitrust lawsuit against
NASCAR and International Speedway Corp.
Carrol says he has no plans of dropping the lawsuit.

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