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Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 Was the Most Watched Kentucky Race Since 2017

SPARTA, KENTUCKY – JULY 12: Cole Custer, driver of the #41 Ford, and crew celebrate after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart at Kentucky Speedway on July 12, 2020 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

On the heels of an eye-opening ratings gain for the 2020 Brickyard 400 two weeks ago, NASCAR scored another multi-season television ratings and viewership high at Kentucky Speedway.

Sunday’s Quaker State 400 on FS1, which was won in thrilling fashion by rookie Cole Custer, scored 2.58-million viewers and garnered a 1.57 rating, according to Showbuzzdaily.

2019’s edition of this race, which was aired on NBCSN on a Saturday, scored a 1.2 rating and had 2.1-million viewers.

That equates to a nearly a 31% gain in rating and a near 23% gain in viewership.

The last Kentucky race, which scored higher numbers, was the 2017 edition. That event, which was broadcast on NBCSN scored a 1.6 rating and had 2.7-million viewers.

To view past NASCAR Cup Series television ratings, go to our TV Ratings chart here.

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Toby is the Founder, Editor and go-to man for He is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed NASCAR as a fan since 1993.

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