July 10, 2013 —
The nearest pro teams are just across the Ohio River with the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals and Kentucky residents do flock to the Buckeye State to claim those teams as their own. But the pride of having an instate team still fuels the flame for one day.
But with NASCAR always looking to invade new territory, the Quaker State 400 might not be around forever. But if fans of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon and many others continue to come out and see them race, it could stay here for a long time.
It is the closest thing Kentucky citizens have to a professional sporting event. And hopefully it will be the precursor to something bigger.
As long as there is support for it.
MacKenzie Bates can be reached at email@example.com or by telephone at 784-4116.