[media-credit name=”Matt LaFlair” align=”alignright” width=”275″][/media-credit]This week will be the second visit to Kentucky Speedway. Its inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup race last season that was marred by race fans that never even made it to the track due to blocked highways and limited parking areas.
Last year the speedway was that they had “120,000 seats sold when they could only hold 107,000”. The speedway has announced the expansion of parking lots, easier access to the speedway and new camping services.
Kentucky Speedway has converted 50 new acres of previously unusable land to parking and added gravel aisles to 100 acres of previously all-grass parking, adding an additional 20,000 parking spots.
“Kentucky Speedway and Speedway Motorsports, Inc., that widened the Interstate 71 exit ramp to Kentucky Highway 35 to three lanes, expanded Ky. Hwy. 35 to seven lanes, yielded parking for an estimated 20,000 additional vehicles and constructed a pedestrian tunnel which connects 170 acres of new Ford Parking to the original speedway property.”
Ford and Ford Dealers in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana will be supporting the speedway’s on race day traffic management for five 2012 NASCAR events including the Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 by sponsoring 170 new acres of free parking east of the 107,000-capacity venue. Fans arriving at the speedway in Ford vehicles will be directed to park in forward sections of the expansive Ford Parking area.
“Ford and our local Ford dealers are excited to strengthen our partnership with Kentucky Speedway on this major initiative to expand parking and convenience for race fans all across the tri-state.” Ford Cincinnati Regional Manager Greg Wood said.
The campgrounds open on Tuesday June 26 at noon for the speedway’s tripleheader NASCAR weekend.
“I urge our fans to get their friends together and spend race weeks with us. Arrive early because it’s a great way to experience our speedway, make new friends, gear up for our races and enjoy entertainment we have planned.” Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said.
Country music star Chris Young will perform before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 on June 30 at 5:15 p.m. Then Versatile star of stage, screen and country music radio Laura Bell Bundy will honor America when she sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the green flag waves.
Hopefully all of the problems of years past will be resolved and fans attending the second Sprint Cup Series event this weekend will all be able to park there cars and get to see the race. Bu just in case, fans can follow @kystatepolice and @KySpeedway on Twitter along with finding “Kentucky State Police” and “Kentucky Speedway” on Facebook. Fans within five miles of the track can tune to information radio 1620 AM.