SPARTA, Ky. (AP) - Kevin Harvick believed Kentucky Speedway was ready to host a visit from NASCAR's top series a decade ago when he won the first-ever Nationwide Series race at the 1.5-mile oval.
Yet Harvick understands why it took 10 years for the northern Kentucky track to earn a Cup date. Change is sometimes hard to come by in a series steeped in tradition, and a bitter court battle between the track's former owners and NASCAR didn't help matters.
Those days are gone now. The track will host its first Cup race Saturday night, with a crowd of over 110,000 expected.
Officials expect a few hiccups the first time around, and traffic will be a major concern though general manager Mark Simendinger expects the weekend to be a success.

NASCAR Odds

Driver Odds
Sprint Cup - Odds to win the Coke Zero 400 @ Daytona International Speedway
Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 +750
Jeff Gordon #24 +1100
Jimmie Johnson #48 +1100
Kyle Busch #18 +1200
Kevin Harvick #4 +1200