September 28, 2008 | 2:10 P.M. EST
The new facility should be ready by 2010 or early 2011 and would be the latest addition to this sprawling area that has grown by leaps and bounds since the track first opened its gates in 2001.
Yes, the new date will have to come from somewhere and true since this is an ISC track a race from one of the company's other properties would be harvested.
But that talk can wait. First is the question of should NASCAR bring its top series to Kansas City two times a year.
The short answer is yes.
Kansas City is in the heartland and draws fans from a five and six state surrounding area. The closest track on the Cup schedule is its sister speedway in Chicagoland, an eight hour drive to the north and east.
Kansas, Iowa, Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota fans call Kansas Speedway their home track.
And until a facility is erected in the Denver area, Kansas will serve a great need for NASCAR to reach this area of the country.
There's another good reason for Kansas to have a second date. There's a little company right down the road from the track called Sprint which pnies up a pretty penny to sponsor NASCAR's premier division.
If the sport's top corporate partner is happy with two dates in its backyard, and by all accounts Sprint is backing this possibility, NASCAR's should oblige.
Kansas sells out for its NASCAR and IRL weekends, which granted come in the form of a season ticket package in which patrons much purchase both events. That's more that can be said for some other facilities on the Cup schedule.
I don't want to see Martinsville lose a race and fans who fret that scenario shouldn't believe a second date at Kansas is a doomsday decision for the beloved short track. There are many other dominos that could fall for weekend number two to land in Kansas.
But I'm for it and this track and these fans have shown the support is here.
A second weekend will be here as well in two years.