NASCAR chairman Brian France has said that it is more likely that Kansas Speedway could get a second date on the 2010 schedule than it is that Kentucky Speedway will have its request for an inaugural race granted.
International Speedway Corporation is planning to ask NASCAR to move one of its Sprint Cup dates to Kansas, while Speedway Motorsports Inc is seeking to move a date to Kentucky. However, neither ISC nor SMI has indicated which track it wants to move a date from
as it makes its realignment requests.
Speaking after an appearance at the Street & Smith's Motorsports Marketing Forum in New York on Tuesday, France said that NASCAR would not approve any request without making sure it fits the sanctioning body's criteria.
“It depends on what they want to exchange it for,” he pointed out, “If they want to leave a smaller market [that is] not performing as well, we would look at that favourably. They all understand what that criteria is.
“I would expect [SMI's] Bruton [Smith] or ISC to ask for it in the way that would get it approved. We're not going to take a date that's working fabulously at one place to move it to a second date anywhere.”
ISC, a publicly traded company whose majority of voting stock is owned by the NASCAR-controlling France family, has pledged a second Cup date at Kansas to go along with the construction of a Hard Rock Hotel and casino and, while France has said that a 2010 Cup date was 'possible' at Kansas, Kentucky was another matter.
Although SMI is expected to complete its purchase of the track later this month, the current owners have indicated they will continue pursuing a federal anti-trust lawsuit against NASCAR and ISC over the matter of Cup venues. France has held firm to the belief that, as long as the lawsuit continues, NASCAR will not consider a realignment request. An appeal on whether the case should go to trial likely won't be decided until March at the earliest.