AP source: Kansas to get 2nd NASCAR race

A person familiar with the 2011 NASCAR schedule said Friday that

Kansas Speedway will get a second race next year.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on condition

of anonymity because the schedule hasn’t been released. A formal

announcement regarding a second Sprint Cup date at Kansas Speedway

may come as soon as next week.

A public schedule released Friday for Kansas Lt. Gov. Troy

Findley notes that he plans to give remarks regarding a second race

during a media event Tuesday at the 1.5-mile speedway in Kansas

City, Kan.

A spokeswoman for the governor’s office declined to give more

details about Tuesday’s event.

”We really can’t confirm that that’s the case,” spokeswoman

Berry Holston said.

Speedway president Pat Warren said the track was still working

with NASCAR officials but that no media events were planned

regarding a second date.

”Nothing is final. We’re confident things will work out,”

Warren said.

News of a second race at Kansas follows a NASCAR announcement

this week that Atlanta was losing one of its two races in 2011. The

track has held two NASCAR events every year since 1960. A source

told AP that Kentucky, like Atlanta is owned by Bruton Smith’s

Speedway Motorsports Inc., will get a race in 2011.

Securing a second Sprint Cup race fulfills a key promise

developers of a casino at the speedway made sought approval from

the state for their $521 million project. They cleared the last

regulatory hurdle in February, and the casino is expected to open

early in 2012.

International Speedway Corp., the track’s parent, and Penn

National Gaming Inc. of Wyomissing, Pa., are partners in the

venture. They’ll build and the casino for the Kansas Lottery, which

will own the rights to the gambling and the gambling equipment –

and claim a share of the revenues.

The casino developers also promised to build a road course in

the current track’s infield as a condition of winning the

management contract.

Jeff Boerger, president of the casino venture, declined to

confirm the second date for Kansas, but said any news about another

race for Kansas City ”would be good news.”

A second race date would be a financial boon to the Kansas

economy, which has already seen significant development near the

speedway property in the past decade. The area is home to a minor

league baseball team and Major League Soccer’s Kansas City Wizards

are constructing an 18,000-seat stadium within earshot of the

speedway. The stadium opens in 2011.

AP Sports Writer John Kekis in Watkins Glen, N.Y., contributed

to this story.