SMI Requesting Sprint Cup Race For Sparta

Speedway Motorsports Inc. officials say
they have made an official request with NASCAR to add Kentucky to
the 2010 Sprint Cup Series schedule.
SMI is willing to give up a date at one of its seven other race
tracks to get Kentucky on the schedule. SMI chairman Bruton Smith
agreed to pay $78.3 million last year for the Sparta track.
Kentucky's former ownership group filed a 2005 antitrust lawsuit
against NASCAR and International Speedway Corp. over Kentucky's
failure to land a Sprint Cup date. The suit was dismissed in early
2008, but the case is on appeal.
NASCAR has said it will not consider Kentucky for a race until
the suit is dropped. Smith says he has so far been unsuccessful in
trying to persuade the group to drop the appeal.