NASCAR & Auto Racing

Kansas track to add casino, second Cup race

The speculation can now begin about which International Speedway Corp. track will lose a Sprint Cup date so that Kansas Speedway can have a second race.

The Kansas track and the Cordish Co. announced Friday their joint venture to open a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at the track has been awarded the casino management contract for Wyandotte County by the board that oversees the Kansas lottery.

The $705 million, 300-room hotel project is scheduled to open in 2011. ISC, which owns the Kansas track, said it would ask NASCAR to realign a Cup race to give Kansas a second date if its proposal won the nod to build and manage the casino.

"I look forward to NASCAR's premier stock car series racing twice a year in the nation's heartland by no later than 2011," Kansas track president Jeff Boerger said.