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Quaker State 400 Preview: Showdown in the Heartland

Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor

Taylor covers NASCAR for RotoWire. He is a three-time winner of the FSWA's Racing Writer of the Year award. He is also a military historian, specifically the World War II U.S. Navy in the Pacific.

The Sprint Cup Series makes its return to night racing this weekend as the schedule offers the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kent. After years of playing host to the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series events the intermediate oval in Kentucky hit the big time in 2011, when the facility was awarded its place in the Sprint Cup Series schedule. The 400-mile event raced at night at Kentucky Speedway has now become a fixture in the 36-race schedule that crowns NASCAR's champion. It also signals ...

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