International Speedway Corp. Chief Operating Officer Roger R. VanDerSnick told the USA Today that the financial fortunes of Auto Club Speedway (Fontana, Calif.) , Phoenix International Raceway, Michigan International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway will be evaluated in 2010 as ISC tries to decide how to shift a Sprint Cup race to Kansas Speedway in 2011.
"Those are our four challenging areas: Southern California, Phoenix, Michigan and Florida," VanDerSnick said. "We have a decision to make for 2011 on what date goes to Kansas. So, we have a number of different models helping us drive through the decision-making process on that. Once we're close to a recommendation, we'll make a proposal to NASCAR that we want to realign a race to Kansas for that second weekend."
Kansas Speedway has been waiting on approval for a casino complex that is expected to receive final approval next month by the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission. Part of the speedway's pitch for the facility was the guarantee of a second annual Sprint Cup event to drive traffic to the site.