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Kentuckiana Motorsports Presented By Lucas Oil

Not the best of races for 7-Time NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson. He truly battled in different ways at the street course in the Indy Car Series at Long Beach. Josef Newgarden took the top podium spot for the second event in a row. Johnson finished 20th out of a field of 26. Johnson continues to navigate his way around open wheel racing. While at Long Beach, his so-called home track, Johnson suffered a broken right hand, and was forced to use a special splint to allow him to drive. Even with a tough ride out west, Johnson remained in good spirits. The Indy Cars go to Alabama May 1. After that, a month of excitement in Indianapolis! William Byron won at Martinsville over the weekend. The next mega race for the Cup Stars in NASCAR is Bristol. It is this Sunday, Easter Sunday. This is new for the sport, always giving families Sunday off at Easter, for all the right reasons. Bristol may be close to the home bases of the drivers and teams, still many fans have expressed on social media, they don't like it. Some question whether greed has tarnished the sport. Then there is Kyle Bush. He says pouring tons of dirt on a historic track is pretty much useless. Bush indicated it may be interesting, but it reflects poorly on NASCAR. For years Bristol suffered declining attendance, and less excitement at its spring race. When this happened in past, the track owner, Speedway Motorsports has pulled the race and shifted it to another track it owns. It rains in the spring at Bristol, and that is a fact. NASCAR has adjusted its schedule to seemingly accommodate mother nature. Perhaps it is time to do it again with Bristol, and other venues too. The #18 makes a good point. We appreciate our sponsors and encourage you to support them: Lucas Oil, PNC Bank, Sportsdrome Speedway (Celebrating more than 75 years of Racing!) locally owned Bright Pest Control and Bright Retail in Louisville, (Offering Do-It-Yourself Professional Pest Products with a retail store), and Knox Ford in Radcliff (KY). KMS supporters also include: VoiceTel Kentucky (Offering telephone service for $30.00 a line, and that includes all taxes and fees), Temco Roofing, Andriots Paint, Flooring, & Blinds, ICA Dumpsters, Kentucky Raceway Ministries, St. Matthews Cycling, Nimlok Kentucky, Dynamic Healthcare, and Lyndon Mower Repair. We also thank our media friends in all series, especially NASCAR and with NASCAR Media for helping us bring the sport to fans in our area! The Salem Speedway (Salem, Indiana) Salem doesn't race again until April 23rd and 24th. A huge event is set at the half-mile banked paved oval about 45 minutes from the bridges in downtown Louisville. It is the CRA Midwest 250 for the Late Models, Crate Late Models, and Lucas Oil Great American Stocks. As for the Sportsdrome Speedway, it continues to roll along with its strongest schedule in years. The small short paved track just a stones throw from downtown Louisville has a full slate of action on Saturday. It is headlined by the 22nd Annual Keep Kool 100 Modified Figure 8. As usual, during the racing season check the tracks website right before the event, for changes, special ticket pricing, and any shifting of events due to the weather. We wish everyone a Happy Easter!

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