Kentucky Speedway adding layer of asphalt

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SPARTA, Ky. – Kentucky Speedway announced today it is adding another surface course layer to its racing surface in preparation for the 2017 season. Work will be done in October.

“When our team examined the race track, portions of the paving performed earlier this year did not meet the construction specifications,” said General Manager of Kentucky Speedway Mark Simendinger. “These deficiencies had no impact on this year’s racing and would affect only the long term viability of the surface if left uncorrected. In order to remedy these issues, an additional surface course of asphalt will be applied. The track will cure over the winter and be fully in use in the spring.”

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As in the initial redesign and repave, the project will be coordinated by Vice President of Operations and Development for Speedway Motorsports Inc., Steve Swift.

A comprehensive renovation of Kentucky Speedway was completed in June. The endeavor included increased banking in Turns 1 and 2, improvements to its drainage system, additional SAFER barrier and a complete repave of the racing surface.

The 2017 season at Kentucky Speedway begins in July with the return of a NASCAR tripleheader weekend anchored by the July 8 Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts. The Camping World Truck Series starts the weekend with a 225-mile event Thursday, July 6 and the XFINITY Series Alsco 300 is Friday, July 7.

The XFINITY Series makes its second appearance at the track on Saturday, September 23 along with the ARCA Racing Series Crosley 150 on Friday, September 22 to conclude the fall weekend of racing.

Fans may purchase season tickets and camping, July weekend packages or individual race tickets now by calling (859) 578-2300 or visiting the Kentucky Speedway ticket office at 1 Speedway Drive, Sparta, Ky., 41086 just off Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 North. Ticket office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com