After a weekend at Daytona, the NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Kentucky Speedway for the 17th Annual Alsco 300. The race will consist of stage lengths of 45 laps, 45 laps, and 110 laps.
44 drivers are scheduled to arrive at Kentucky Speedway. Notable names on the entry list include Paul Menard, Ty Dillon, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and Kevin Harvick.
There have been 21 races at Kentucky Speedway. Only 16 races have had different pole winners. 13 drivers have found their way into victory lane at Kentucky Speedway. Only seven races have been won from the pole with Ky. Busch doing so in last year’s event. In 2012, Austin Dillon set the race record at 151.643 mph. In last year’s event, Ky. Busch set the pole winning speed at 187.318 mph.
Drivers are excited about returning to Kentucky.
“Kentucky is a track I can get around pretty good. They did add another layer of asphalt to the surface that we haven’t experienced yet. But I expect it to basically drive the same as last year, since no aging has happened yet. I’ll be on track in all three series, so there is plenty of time to check it out and hopefully get our NOS Rowdy Toyota Camry back into victory lane,” said Ky. Busch.
“I’ve always seemed to be able to get around Kentucky Speedway really well, and we’ve gotten some great finishes there. The Pilot Flying J team has been really putting things together and giving me awesome race cars, so I’m excited to get back there. After the good run at Iowa and an awesome run at Daytona before we got caught up in a crash, we’re building some steam for the second half and chasing the Playoffs, so we need another solid run this weekend,” said Michael Annett.
“Any time you have a repave it’s extremely noticeable, especially at a track like Kentucky, which is by far is the roughest race track we went to. You notice the banking a little bit, but overall you notice how much grip it has. I think we are pretty good at high grip race tracks. We were good at Texas this year and we have been good at Michigan and Kansas. I think Kentucky will be another place that we can have a really strong run. It’s a playoff track for us, so it will be important to go there and get a baseline with this new aero package,” said Ryan Reed.
Teams will have two practice sessions Thursday at 2:00 p.m. EDT and 6:00 p.m. EDT. The 6:00 p.m. EDT practice will be on NBCSN. Qualifying for the Alsco 300 will be at 4:30 p.m. EDT on NBCSN on Friday. The race will also be on NBCSN beginning at 8:00 p.m. EDT.