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NASCAR leaves Kentucky

Kentucky Speedway, in Sparta, is Gallatin County’s largest attraction.

The following statement was released by Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and and General Manager Mark Simendinger regarding the upcoming NASCAR 2021 race schedule: 


Sparta, KY. — As the new NASCAR 2021 schedule has come to light, we are disappointed to share that Kentucky Speedway will not be hosting you in the Bluegrass State in 2021. Your support has meant the world to us and we would like to sincerely thank you for your support of our Speedway.

The past two decades have been filled with memorable moments that will last a lifetime. Your dedication and passion is what motivated us to do our best every day.

As we evolve our property into a multi-use facility, we will continue to keep you updated about our future plans.

If you had purchased tickets to our 2020 NASCAR events, please visit our exchange form page for more information.

It’s been an honor to serve you and hope to see you again soon.

meetNKY said in a statement:

“The entire tourism industry in Northern Kentucky is disappointed in NASCAR’s decision to eliminate the July Cup Series event at Kentucky Speedway. This had become a signature event for the state of Kentucky and the Cincinnati region that brought in many race fans from all over the country to enjoy, not only the best of stock car racing in a world-class facility, but also all of the gems that make this region unique like our growing bourbon industry and special attractions like the Ark Encounter, Newport Aquarium, and Cincinnati Zoo. This loss will have a big impact on the region’s hotels, attractions, restaurants, and CVG International Airport.” John Ellison, Board Chair of meetNKY on behalf of the Northern Kentucky tourism community.”