Quaker State 400

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Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts
Quaker State 400 logo. jpg.jpg
Venue Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky
Sponsor Royal Dutch Shell / Advance Auto Parts
First race 2011
Distance 400.5 miles (644.542 km)
Laps 267
Previous names Quaker State 400 (2011-2012)

The Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky, United States over 400.5 miles (644.542 km). The inaugural event was held on July 9, 2011 and was won by Kyle Busch.

History[edit]

The event eventuated following a lawsuit in which Kentucky Speedway claimed NASCAR had violated federal antitrust laws in 2005. In 2008 the speedway was sold to Bruton Smith, hoping that the track could hold a race by 2011, and after four years the former speedway owners abandoned the lawsuit.[1] In August 2010 NASCAR announced that the track could hold a Sprint Cup Series event in 2011.[2] Seven months later Royal Dutch Shell's Quaker State brand was announced as sponsor, and the 267 lap[3] race held on July 9, was won by Kyle Busch. The race was plagued by a massive traffic problem where many of the fans who expected to attend the race were turned away after several hours on Interstate 71. Following the problem, Kentucky Speedway announced that they bought more land for parking and began to work with the state government to improve traffic around the speedway in time for the 2012 race.[4][5][6][7]

Past winners[edit]

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
2011 July 9 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:55:00 137.314 Report
2012 June 30 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:45:02 145.607 Report
2013 June 30* Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:02:07 131.948 Report
2014 June 28 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:51:59 139.723 Report

2013: Race postponed from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon because of rain.

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
2 Brad Keselowski 2012, 2014

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
2 Joe Gibbs Racing 2011, 2013
2 Penske Racing/Team Penske 2012, 2014

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Years Won
2 Toyota 2011, 2013
1 Dodge 2012
1 Ford 2014

Television broadcasters[edit]

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2011 TNT Adam Alexander Wally Dallenbach
Kyle Petty
2012
2013
2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former Kentucky Speedway owners abandon NASCAR lawsuit – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2009-12-18. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  2. ^ "Kentucky Speedway Announces 2011 Sprint Cup Race – Sports News Story – WLWT Cincinnati". Wlwt.com. 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  3. ^ "News". Kentucky Speedway. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  4. ^ Jensen, Tom. What now, Kentucky?. Speed, 2011-07-10.
  5. ^ Hembree, Mike. Kentucky Speedway To Add Parking Area. Speed, 2011-07-10.
  6. ^ Kentucky Speedway apologizes to fans. Speedway Motorsports, 2011-07-11.
  7. ^ Blount, Terry. Kentucky Speedway gets a mulligan. ESPN, 2011-07-12.


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