Quaker State 400

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Quaker State 400
Quaker State 400 logo (2016).png
Kentucky Speedway.svg
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Venue Kentucky Speedway
Location Sparta, Kentucky, United States
Corporate sponsor Quaker State
First race 2011
Distance 400.5 miles (644.5 km)
Laps 267
Previous names Quaker State 400 (2011-present)
Most wins (driver) Brad Keselowski (3)
Most wins (team) Joe Gibbs Racing
Team Penske (3)
Most wins (manufacturer) Toyota (3)
Circuit information
Surface Asphalt
Length 1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Turns 4

The Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts is a 400.5-mile (644.5 km) annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. The inaugural event was held on July 9, 2011 and was won by Kyle Busch. From 2012 to 2014, the race was held the week before the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Independence Day weekend. Beginning in 2015, the event moved back two weeks, preceding Daytona and New Hampshire. Brad Keselowski, who won the race three times, is the defending winner.

NBC returned to NASCAR broadcasting with the 2015 running of the Quaker State 400 after four years on TNT.

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]

New aero package for 2015[edit]

On June 16, 2015, NASCAR announced that a new aero package would be used for the 2015 race.[8] The changes include a smaller rear spoiler and other adjustments that significantly reduced aerodynamic downforce.[8] The spoiler was decreased to 3.5 in (8.9 cm) tall.[8] There was also a 25 in (64 cm) wide splitter extension.[8] In addition, tires supplied by Goodyear provided drivers with more grip.[8] "We want to see more lead changes on the racetrack," NASCAR Executive Vice-President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell said in a media teleconference. "We'll evaluate that and a number of different factors coming out of Kentucky, see what we can learn and implement down the road."[8] Originally, the package was to be used at this year's All-Star Race, but the plan was scrubbed and NASCAR opted to use the package for a points race.[8] "Let me be clear. This is not a test, this is a race," O'Donnell said of the rules package that will be in effect for the 18th round of the 2015 Sprint Cup Series. "We've had an extensive testing plan with the industry over the last 18 months. We wouldn't implement this if we didn't feel confident as an industry to implement it at Kentucky."[8]

Past winners[edit]

Year Date No. Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
2011 July 9 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:55:00 137.314 Report
2012 June 30 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:45:02 145.607 Report
2013 June 30* 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing (2) Toyota 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:02:07 131.948 Report
2014 June 28 2 Brad Keselowski (2) Team Penske (2) Ford 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:51:59 139.723 Report
2015 July 11 18 Kyle Busch (2) Joe Gibbs Racing (3) Toyota 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:05:42 129.402 Report
2016 July 9 2 Brad Keselowski (3) Team Penske (3) Ford 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:06:55 128.58 Report
  • 2013: Race postponed from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon because of rain.

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
3 Brad Keselowski 2012, 2014, 2016
2 Kyle Busch 2011, 2015

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
3 Joe Gibbs Racing 2011, 2013, 2015
Team Penske 2012, 2014, 2016

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Years Won
3 Toyota 2011, 2013, 2015
2 Ford 2014, 2016
1 Dodge 2012

Notable moments[edit]

  • 2013: Rain postponed the 2013 running to Sunday afternoon. A major multi-car wreck on lap 48 brought out a red flag for nearly five minutes.

Television broadcasters[edit]

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2011 TNT Adam Alexander Wally Dallenbach
Kyle Petty
2012
2013
2014
2015 NBCSN Rick Allen Jeff Burton
Steve Letarte
2016

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? Archived May 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. Speed, 2011-07-10.
  5. ^ Hembree, Mike. Kentucky Speedway To Add Parking Area Archived May 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. Speed, 2011-07-10.
  6. ^ Kentucky Speedway apologizes to fans Archived May 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. Speedway Motorsports, 2011-07-11.
  7. ^ Blount, Terry. Kentucky Speedway gets a mulligan. ESPN, 2011-07-12.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h Pistone, Pete (June 16, 2015). "New Rules for Kentucky". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 


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