Report: Ky. Speedway Airport Announcement May Come Soon
By Mike Perleberg
(Sparta, Ky.) – Vehicles much faster than a race car could soon be landing at the Kentucky Speedway.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Kentucky Speedway owner Bruton Smith said that there could be a major announcement any day now regarding an airport near the 1.5-mile track.
Smith, who is the chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., has hinted at plans to build an airport at the race track in Sparta before.
“We need that airport desperately,” Smith told the newspaper. “All your drivers, car owners and sponsors, getting in and out of here instead of having to go into Cincinnati, they can land right here within a mile of the track.”
Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger said the track is working with state and local governments as well as the Federal Aviation Administration on the airport plans.
NASCAR invades the Kentucky Speedway later this month with Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide Series races on June 26 and 27, respectively. The weekend will be highlighted by the Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 on Saturday, June 28. All three races will be broadcast live on Eagle 99.3.