AP source: Kentucky Speedway to get Sprint Cup

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Kentucky Speedway will get a NASCAR Sprint Cup race in 2011.

The 1.5-mile tri-oval halfway between Louisville and Cincinnati will host NASCAR's top series in early July. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not been announced. A news conference is scheduled at the track Aug. 10.

Speedway Motorsports Inc. purchased the speedway from the original ownership group in 2008. SMI owner Bruton Smith said his main goal was to bring the track a long-coveted Cup date.

The original owners filed an antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR and International Speedway Corp., contending they tried to exclude the track from the Cup Series.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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