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Louisville NASCAR driver Rhodes feels urgency to win races in 2017

After Ben Rhodes finished 14th in the points in his rookie season in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series in 2016, the Louisville driver, who turns 20 Tuesday, knows he needs better results in 2017 to keep his career momentum advancing. “The clock is always ticking on you. You always have to perform. If you don’t, they will find somebody who can,” Rhodes says.

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Kentucky Speedway looks for way to make football feasible in Sparta

After Bristol Motor Speedway drew a record 156,990 fans for the Tennessee-Virginia Tech football game, Kentucky Speedway officials are continuing to search for a way to play host to a major college football game - Kentucky vs. Louisville, anyone? - in Sparta, too. But so far, they have no idea on how to configure a seating arrangement that would work for football at a mile-and-a-half racetrack

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Grieving while succeeding, NASCAR’s Erik Jones in year of extremes

Rising NASCAR star Erik Jones, 20, will start the inaugural NASCAR Xfinity Series Chase at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday as the No. 1 seed. For the Byron, Mich., product, 2016, has been filled with triumph and tragedy. Jones has won four Xfinity Series races and agreed to race full-time in the Sprint Cup Series in 2017. But in June, his father, Dave, died from cancer.

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Kenseth’s quiet consistency a force at Kentucky Speedway

Not only has Matt Kenseth been the only contender to get his nose down over Brad Keselowski’s Miller Lite Ford and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch, he has three top-5 runs in the Quaker State 400 and never come home worse than seventh, giving him an average finishing position of 4.6 at the track — second only to Busch’s 3.8.

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