Kentucky Speedway plans to appeal
Monday's ruling by a federal court judge dis-
missing its $400 million antitrust lawsuit
against NASCAR and International Speedway
U.S. District Court Judge William O.
Bertelsman dismissed the suit, saying the own-
ers of the Kentucky track had failed to make a
case that NASCAR and ISC conspired to deny
it and other tracks Sprint Cup Series race dates.
"We are disappointed in the court's decision
for ourselves, for the Commonwealth of
Kentucky, and for all those fans who have been
hurt by what we believe are NASCAR's and
ISC's anticompetitive actions," said Stanley
Chesley, an attorney for Kentucky Speedway.
"We are convinced that there are serious
issues of both fact and law."
The track - which does have races in the
Nationwide and NASCAR Truck series -
argued that NASCAR, a privately held compa-
ny, and ISC, a publicly traded company, unfair-
ly kept tracks not owned by ISC from getting
ISC owns 12 tracks that host 19 of the 36
points races on the current schedule. Both ISC
and NASCAR are controlled by the France
NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston hailed
"It puts an end to any question about which
locations and dates NASCAR can operate its
races," Poston said. "Like other sports, such as
the NFL, MLB and the NBA, NASCAR can
host its events where it decides is best for the
sport and its fans."
- David Poole