Another race track adds the capability for night racing. The inaugural Kansas Speedway under the lights should be exciting!
While not as monumental as the first night game at Wrigley Field, Kansas Speedway has erected lights throughout its property. This will allow for national NASCAR series night races for years to come.
Starting with both the Camping World Truck Series and the Sprint Cup operating under the lights this weekend in the home state of No. 15 driver, Clint Bowyer.
It’s always a big deal, and major investment when a sports venue adds the monstrous lights that allow for the facility to operate in the evening. It’s more than just having the oval surrounded with lights, connected to power and turned on.
The whole property has to be retro-fitted to accommodate people on the property after dark. Parking lots need lighting. Facilities and concessions at the track also need to be supplemented with lighting. Power and miles of cabling obviously have to be installed and reinforced across the property.
Regardless, this weekend Kansas hosts its first set of evening NASCAR national series races.
Love NASCAR Night Racing
Like many fans and drivers, I love night races. The glossy paint jobs look fantastic under the lights, and the sparks flying off the tracks from splitters is electric.
The drivers love it too as the cars are more predictable, as temperatures are more consistent — no sun/cloud coverage to deal with. Fans are fired up, which in turn fires up the teams and makes for good racing.
Kansas Speedway Under the Lights – Camping World Truck Series
After a long hiatus (Last race was the Kroger 250 Sunday, March 30th at Martinsville Speedway), the Camping World Truck Series finally returns at Kansas Speedway under the lights Friday evening.
Ryan Blaney and Jeb Burton were fastest in Thursday’s delayed pair of practices (due to rain).
Truck qualifying is at 4:40pm and is being broadcast on Fox Sports 1. The truck race commences the SFP 250 at 8:30pm Friday night, also on Fox Sports 1.
Kansas Speedway Under the Lights – Sprint Cup
The Cup cars qualify at Friday night at 6:40pm on Fox Sports 1. The 5-Hour Energy 400 benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation kicks of Saturday night at 7:30pm.
With the announcement of Bowyer’s contract extension, him being at his home track and his primary sponsor also sponsoring the race, how great would it be to see the special paint job of the No. 15 in Victory Lane at the end of Saturday night’s race? That’s my hope at least.