NASCAR to purchase Kansas Speedway, 11 other tracks

May 24, 2019 - 6:50 am

As it deals with slipping attendance and lower television ratings, NASCAR is looking for a makeover, and owning the Kansas Speedway could be part of that effort.

The race track opened in 2001, and it is owned by the International Speedway Corporation (ISC). The venue hosts two NASCAR Cup races each year.

NASCAR has announced a $2 billion merger with ISC, which means control of a dozen racetracks around the country would fall under the control of the stock car racing authority. Aside from the Kansas Speedway, tracks included in the merger include Daytona, Talladega and Darlington.

NASCAR's bold move would allow for more control of its racing schedules. It is seen as a step toward sweeping changes as it attempts to win more fans.

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