LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - It’s almost game time for officials at Kentucky Speedway as their biggest weekend of the year approaches with the Quaker State 400. The weekend’s first race is at 7:30 on Thursday night when Louisville native, Ben Rhodes defends his truck title from last year. Track General Manager, Mark Simendinger explains what planning for this week is like. "When you have a party at your house you want everything to be just right. Ok, now think of all the details that you go through when you have a party at your house. Well, I’m having a party with about eight to ten thousand people sleeping over, and they’re going to be there for about five days, " said Simendinger.
On Friday night the Xfinity drivers take over the Kentucky Speedway track, which means the return of Tyler Reddick who picked up his first career win in this race two years ago. Reddick says Kentucky Speedway will always hold a special place in his heart. "To finally breakthrough and have a race go the way you needed it to, and to win in that fashion for my first win, it's pretty hard to forget. Especially winning that race by 14 seconds," said Reddick.
As for Rhodes, It’s been an up and down season thus far for the Holy Cross grad. He currently sits fifth in the points standings without a win this year. He’s hoping for a little luck to be on his side when takes the track tomorrow night. “Ok, I’ve heard horse shoes. I’ve heard lucky charms. Whatever you find just bring it to the track. I’ll wear all of it because I need all the luck I can get,” said Rhodes.