NASCAR Nation focuses on Kentucky this week

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By Brian Blair

NASCAR is coming back to Kentucky.
The Kentucky Speedway will be the place to be this weekend as fans will descend upon Sparta for three races beginning on Thursday night.
The first race of the weekend will be the Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225.
Matt Crafton will come to Sparta as the points leader. He is 23 points ahead of Jeb Burton, who won the Winstar World Casino 400 at the Texas Motor Speedway June 7.
James Buescher won both Camping World Truck Series races last year while becoming the first driver to win back-to-back series races. Brad Keselowski finished second in June and Parker Kligerman was runner-up in September. Buescher has yet to win this year while Johnny Sauter has notched a pair of victories and is currently fourth in the points standings.
Thursday night’s race can be seen on the FOX Speed Channel at 8 p.m.
On Friday, the Nationwide Series will take to the track as they run the Feed the Children 300.
Defending champion Austin Dillon’s victory last year was the first of his career on the Nationwide Series. It was a dominating performance in Kentucky as he led 192 of 200 laps in his  No. 3 Richard Childress Racing car.
Kurt Busch finished second.
Dillon returned the track in September and also won the Kentucky 201.
He hasn’t won since that victory and is currently fourth in the points standings this season.
AJ Allmendinger picked up his first career win in the Nationwide Series Johnsonville Sausage 200 in Wisconsin on Saturday night ahead of Justin Allgaier and Parker Kligerman.
Regan Smith is the points leader 30 points ahead of Sam Hornish Jr.
The race will be televised by ESPN with the green flag at 7:30 p.m.
The festivities will conclude on Saturday night with the third Sprint Cup Series  Quaker State 400.
The race gets started at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on TNT.
Billy Currington will be in concert before the race at 5:15 p.m.
Keselowski is the defending champ after holding off Kasey Kahne and Denny Hamlin to win last year.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fourth and Jeff Gordon fifth.
Kyle Busch won the inaugural Quaker State 400 in 2011.
On Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series ran the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway in California.
Martin Truex Jr. won the race while Jeff Gordon finished second. Carl Edwards came in third; Kurt Busch, fourth; and Clint Bowyer, fifth.
Jimmie Johnson will come to Kentucky Speedway as the points leader 25 points ahead of Edwards and 45 points in front of Bowyer.
Tickets are still available for all three races.