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NASCAR: France says schedule facelift possible

NDIANAPOLIS -- NASCAR appears ready to give its 2011 Sprint Cup schedule a facelift.

CEO Brian France said before Sunday's race at Indianapolis that stock car's top series is in the "final throes" of completing next year's Cup slate and that it will have a considerably different look.

"There will be some changes as they look now," France said. "That could not quite materialize, but I sense it will and we'll have some pretty impactful changes to the schedule that I think will be good for NASCAR fans."

France It's no secret that Kentucky is talking about hosting a Sprint Cup event and that's not that far away. It's fine to talk about Kentucky. It's a worthy market to at least discuss.

-- NASCAR CEO Brian France

International Speedway Corp. and Speedway Motorsports Inc., the top two track operators in the series, have both petitioned NASCAR to alter the 36-race Cup schedule to accommodate date or track changes.

ISC is hoping Kansas will receive a second Cup date, while SMI could juggle its lineup to bring a second race to the popular Las Vegas venue and give its 1.5-mile track in northern Kentucky the Cup race its former ownership group has long coveted.

SMI president Bruton Smith wouldn't reveal specifics of SMI's requested schedule changes, but said NASCAR should feel "morally obligated" to bring a second Cup race to Las Vegas.  Read the rest==============>

Smith also said he'd like to have a Cup race at "all" of SMI's NASCAR-sanctioned tracks. The only one that lacks a Cup date right now is Kentucky, where the former ownership group filed an antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR and ISC five years ago after its request for a Cup race was consistently denied.