NASCAR has approved ISC's request for realignment and beginning in 2011, Kansas Speedway will host two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends. The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend will be held June 4-5 and the second event weekend will be the fourth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Oct. 8-9.
2010 Kansas Speedway ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets for the new June race. Tickets for the 2011 events will go on sale after Kansas Speedway's 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend in October.
“This is an exciting announcement for Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan., and the state of Kansas,” said Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren. “Our fan support for the past 10 years has been tremendous and as a result of that support and the new Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway, we are fortunate enough to gain an additional NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race starting in 2011. We will continue to offer our fans the best guest experience in motorsports.”
ISC Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy stated, “The Kansas City region is an important one for the NASCAR racing teams and marketing partners, and the Hollywood Casino project will make Kansas Speedway two of the most anticipated stops on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule.”
The Kansas announcement followed news that ISC's Auto Club Speedway in California would cut back to one race for next year, and a shift of the company's spring race at Phoenix International Raceway forward to February.