Ky. Gov. Approves Of Speedway Improvements
(Sparta, Ky.) – After touring the millions of dollars worth of improvements in and around the Kentucky Speedway Monday, Governor Steve Beshear was pleased.
“I commend Bruton Smith and (Kentucky Speedway General Manager) Mark Simendinger and all the other people at Kentucky Speedway for the obvious improvements that have been made to this facility. Equally important has been their resolve to make the Quaker State 400 the showcase event it deserves to be,” the governor said.
Thousands of ticketholders missed last year’s inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Quaker State 400 race at the track because traffic was so congested on highways and interstates approaching the track in Sparta.
Since then, both the State of Kentucky and track owner Speedway Motorsports, Inc. have worked to improve the infrastructure around the speedway: Kentucky 35 has been widened to seven lanes, the I-71 ramp to Kentucky 35 now has three lanes, and a pedestrian tunnel burrows beneath Kentucky 35 to a new 10,000 space parking lot.
In all, there will be 20,000 more parking spaces than last year.
Private engineering companies have studied the traffic flow and will assist with traffic movement on race day.
Kentucky State Police and Kentucky Speedway will get out traffic information to fans on race day through social media sites Facebook and Twitter, radio on 1620 AM (heard within a five mile radius of the track), and various other media outlets.
“It is important to recognize the leadership Gov. Beshear and Bruton Smith displayed through the past year to make these improvements possible. They continue their shared commitment to making Kentucky Speedway the best motorsports venue in the country,” Simendinger said.
Only 17 days remain until both the track and race fans will see whether all the improvements make a difference. The NASCAR Campingworld Truck Series UNOH 225 runs Thursday, June 28, followed on Friday by the Nationwide Series Feed the Children 300 and Saturday’s Sprint Cup Quaker State 400.
You can hear all three races on Eagle 99.3.