NASCAR | Kentucky Speedway Preparing for NASCAR Weekend

06/20/2018 03:55 PM

The annual NASCAR weekend at Kentucky Speedway is getting closer and closer.

It will take place in less than a month, from July 12-14 at the 1.5-mile oval in Sparta, Ky.

The marquee event will be the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Quaker State 400, which will start at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 14. Martin Truex, Jr. is the defending race winner.

Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger stopped by Sports Night on Wednesday. He spoke with Spectrum News’ Andrew Chernoff about the upcoming weekend:

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

When he’s not on the air or in the field covering sports, you can likely find Andrew playing golf, watching IndyCar and Formula 1 races, or exploring the state of Kentucky. His favorite sport is open-wheel racing. In fact, he has not missed an Indianapolis 500 since the early 2000s.

Whether he is working sporting events or not, he always loves talking sports. He is a prolific tweeter, so if you want to stay “in the know” about sports in the Bluegrass, follow Andrew on Twitter @ADChernoff. If you have a story idea for our sports team, send it to Andrew at


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