1 Speedway Drive
Sparta, KY 41086
Phone: (888) 652-7223, (859) 578-2300
Sprint Cup Series title sponsor: Quaker State is signed thru 2018
Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400 miles
Banking in turns 1-4: 14 degrees
Banking in tri-oval: 10 degrees
Banking on backstretch: 4 degrees
Length of frontstretch: 1,662 feet
Length of backstretch: 1,600 feet
Length of short chute from start/finish to Turn 1: 681 feet
Length of apex of tri-oval at the start/finish Line: 300 feet
Length of short chute from Turn 4 to start/finish: 681 feet
Grandstand Seating: 107,000
Luxury Suites: 36
90-Seat Private Interior Kentucky Club
2,100-Seat Private Exterior Bluegrass Club
Terrace Boxes: 10
Private, Backstretch RV Spaces: 125
Infield RV Spaces: 650
Additional Reserved RV Spaces: 6,500
Parking For More Than 30,000 Cars
June 2014 Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 139.723mph, started 1st
Track Race Record: #2-Brad Keselowski, 6/30/2012, 145.607mph
Slowest Race Record: #20-Matt Kenseth, 6/30/2013, 131.948mph
Oldest Race Winner: Matt Kenseth, 41 years, 3 months, and 20 days, 6/30/2013
Youngest Race Winner: Kyle Busch, 26 years, 2 months, 7 days, 7/9/2011
Worst Starting Spot to Win: #20-Matt Kenseth, 6/30/2013, started 26th
June 2014 Pole Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 188.791mph, 1st
Track Qualifying Record: #2-Brad Keselowski, 6/27/2014, 188.791mph
Oldest Pole Winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr., 38 years, 8 months, and 18 days, 6/28/2013
Youngest Pole Winner: Brad Keselowski; 30 years, 4 months, and 14 days; 6/27/2014
Most Wins: 2 - Brad Keselowski
Most Poles: 1 - Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski
Most Top 5s: 3 - Kyle Busch
Most Top 10s: 4 - Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson & Kyle Busch
Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: Brad Keselowski, 6/28/2014, 199 laps
Most Laps Led (didn't win): Jimmie Johnson, 6/30/2013, 182 laps
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: Matt Kenseth, 6/30/2013, 38 laps
Most Lead Changes: 20 - 7/9/2011
Fewest Lead Changes: 11 - 6/30/2013
Most Leaders: 12 - 7/9/2011
Fewest Leaders: 3 - 6/28/2014
Most Cautions: 10, 6/30/2013
Most Caution Laps: 42, 6/30/2012
Fewest Cautions: 4, 6/30/2012
Fewest Caution Laps: 24, 6/30/2012
Most Running at the Finish: 38 - 6/28/2014
Fewest Running at the Finish: 32 - 6/30/2012 & 6/30/2013
Most Wins by Manufacturer: 2 - Toyota; 1 - Ford; 1 - Dodge
PAST RACE WINNERS
2014: #2-Brad Keselowski, Ford, 139.723, started 1st
2013: #20-Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 131.948, started 16th
2012: #2-Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 145.607, started 8th
2011: #18-Kyle Busch, Toyota, 137.314, started 1st (due to owners points)
PAST POLE WINNERS
2014: #2-Brad Keselowski, Ford, 188.791mph, finished 1st
2013: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevy, 183.636mph, finished 12th
2012: #48-Jimmie Johnson, Chevy, 181.818mph, finished 6th
2011: #18-Kyle Busch, Toyota, no speed / rained out / set by points, finished 1st
Speedway Children's Charities Hosting Fundraising Events at Kentucky: The Kentucky Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities (SCC) will be busy during Kentucky Speedway's upcoming September race weekend. The non-profit organization is planning three fundraisers for when the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series visit Kentucky on September 19 and 20, respectively. Leading up to the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300, SCC will host Laps for Charity, a Putt-Putt Challenge, and Miss Motor Speedway's "Princess '4' a Day" and "Toy '4' a Boy." Laps for Charity kicks off the charity's fundraising events on Thursday, September 18 at 5:30pm. Fans have the opportunity to drive five laps around Kentucky Speedway in their personal, street-legal vehicles for a $40 donation to SCC. They will also be able to celebrate the occasion with a photo in Victory Lane. At the SCC Putt-Putt Challenge on Friday and Saturday, fans will have three attempts to sink their putt to win four grandstand tickets and four fan zone passes to Kentucky Speedway's Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts on July 11, 2015. In addition, all participants will receive an SCC water bottle. The Putt-Putt Challenge will be located near Gate 15 in the Display Area at Kentucky Speedway. Finally, SCC is teaming up with Miss Motor Speedway to bring "Princess '4' a Day" and "Toy '4' a Boy" back to Kentucky Speedway, also on Friday and Saturday. For a small donation, children will have the opportunity to receive the royal treatment from a Miss Motor Speedway Titleholder. Girls will receive a princess makeover, crown, and jewelry. Boys will receive a toy car or truck.(SCC)(9-17-2014)
Kentucky announces pre-race officials: Kentucky Speedway announced that the most famous words in racing will be delivered by Advance Auto Parts President George Sherman who will serve as grand marshal for the June Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts race. Canadian Tire Associate Vice President, Automotive Merchandising Paula Sayers will start the race when she waves the green flag and serves as the honorary starter. Sherman, a former officer in the United States Air Force, joined the Advance Auto Parts team in April of 2013 and is responsible for store operations, merchandising, marketing, supply chain and information technology functions. Sayers, a car enthusiast, has been with Canadian Tire for 16-years where she dedicates her time to the automotive business.(Kentucky Speedway)(6-25-2014)
NASA Langley Rockets to Kentucky Speedway for NASCAR Races: NASA will take visitors into space, then bring them down to Earth in an exhibit that combines NASA technology and education during this week's NASCAR races at the Kentucky Speedway. Technicians and others from NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, will be at the Sparta, Kentucky speedway, June 26 -28, with five tents of models, displays and artifacts that will highlight NASA's contributions to aerospace research and everyday life, including technology being used in racecars. "Rockets to Racecars" not only looks at how many of the same principles that apply to flight apply to automobile racing, such as aerodynamics, drag and propulsion, but also how NASA technology has improved racecar safety and driver health. Also on display - something that drivers depend on - tires. A wheel exhibit will show tires used here on Earth and some designed for outer space. A NASCAR tire, two space shuttle tires, lunar rover tire, and lunar Spring Tire will sit side-by-side giving everyone the chance to compare wheels of yesterday, today and tomorrow.(Kentucky Speedway)(6-25-2014)
Kentucky Speedway could get repaved soon: Look to add Kentucky Speedway to the repave list in the near future. Track president Mark Simendinger says that the racing surface, while providing outstanding action thanks to its advanced age, is on its last legs. The track is doing everything they can to keep it together and hold off on the repaving project as long as possible, but a date to pour new asphalt appears inevitable. Sources say Goodyear's tire test recently was, in part designed to see if a compound can be built to withstand the current surface well enough to "ward off" such a process within the next year or two. (The speedway was bit by several tire failures in 2013).(Frontstretch)(5-27-2014)
Kentucky names June Nationwide race sponsor: The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety announced its return to Kentucky Speedway as the title sponsor for the June 27 NASCAR Nationwide Series 300-mile event. The John R. Elliott HERO Campaign 300 presented by Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over will be part of a NASCAR tripleheader weekend June 26-28. Kentucky HERO is part of The HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers, a national campaign established by the family of Navy Ensign John R. Elliott of New Jersey. Elliott, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, was killed in a head-on collision by a drunken driver in July 2000 as he was traveling home from Annapolis, Md. A key component of Kentucky Speedway's involvement with Kentucky's HERO program is to raise awareness about the importance of having a designated driver.(Kentucky Speedway)(4-16-2014)
Thomas Rhett to perform at Kentucky Speedway's Quaker State 400: Country music singer/songwriter Thomas Rhett will rev up Kentucky Speedway's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts race day when he takes the Kroger Prerace Concert Stage June 28. The 23-year-old Georgia native's "Get Me Some of That" single is 16th on the current Billboard Magazine Hot Country Songs Chart and he's also made an impact with the hits "Something to Do with My Hands," "Beer with Jesus" and the title single from his first release, It Goes Like This. Rhett's energetic performance is included with Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts race tickets priced as low as $59. Fans can enjoy stage-side and infield views of the show while enhancing their race day experience with a daily Fan Zone pass that is sold separately. Passes additionally provide pit road access at designated times, the opportunity to view NASCAR inspection as well as enjoy unique activities and concessions in an area near pit road and surrounding Victory Lane.(Kentucky Speedway)(3-31-2014)
Kentucky state police say Speedway hasn't paid for security UPDATE: The Kentucky State Police has been pressing the Kentucky Speedway for months to pay nearly $300,000 for security provided by troopers during four major races in 2012 and 2013. Records obtained by The Courier-Journal through the Kentucky Open Records Act show that since at least last July, the agency has sent emails and letters requesting reimbursement for security provided during big race days at the track in June and September of each year. A Dec. 27 letter to the Speedway put the overdue tab at $299,125.86 and requested payment in full by Jan. 15. "I never heard back from that," State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer said in an interview this week. "And I have called the speedway twice in the last 10 days and can't get anybody to return my call." Mark Simendinger, general manager of the speedway, did not return numerous phone messages left Wednesday with his assistant and on his voice mail seeking comment. A phone message and email sent to corporate offices of Speedway Motorsports in Charlotte, N.C., also were not returned Wednesday. Invoices show the State Police assigned more than 100 troopers to the speedway security contract during the June race days, and about 50 to the smaller September races. Most worked 13 or 14 hours for each race. [Kentucky Governor] Beshear's spokeswoman Kerri Richardson said late Wednesday that he "has not discussed this issue with the Kentucky Speedway, but has asked his staff to look into it."(Louisville Couriel-Journal)(2-27-2014)
UPDATE: The Kentucky Speedway on Friday paid a long overdue bill of nearly $300,000 to Kentucky State Police for providing security on the track's grounds during four major race weeks in 2012 and 2013. Speedway Motorsports, which owns the track in Gallatin County, sent a check for $299,125.86 by express mail from its corporate headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, said State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer. The payment was received one day after The Courier-Journal reported that the state police had been pressing the track since last August for the payment. "We're glad the issue is resolved. We're glad to have the money and will certainly put it to good use," Brewer said Saturday.(Louisville Courier-Journal)(3-3-2014)
No repave planned for Kentucky Speedway: There would have been talk this summer, as there is every year, about repaving Kentucky Speedway when the Sprint Cup Series circuit descends upon the Sparta, Ky., track for its biggest race weekend. Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger isn't ready to give in just yet. There are no plans for a Kentucky Speedway repave unless track officials absolutely have to, and Mother Nature does that sometimes to asphalt. But in the meantime, Simendinger's maintenance staff will continue maintaining the track's original surface installed before it opened in 2000. "If you're a real motorsports fan, you know you're allowed to interchange the word "character" for bumpy," Simendinger said Tuesday. "In that regard, we have a lot of character. And that's a good thing." Drivers regularly discuss the difficulty in passing at Kentucky, though they've embraced the challenge of setting up a balanced car there. Simendinger said he hasn't fielded a single complaint from one of them about the track's, um, character. "In fact, I saw Kevin Harvick came to throw out the first pitch at one of the Reds games," Simendinger said. "He just walked up to me and didn't even say hello. He just said, 'Don't repave that race track.' The Quaker State 400, as the Cup Series race will be known through 2018, is set for June 28 during a weekend that includes Camping World Truck and Nationwide series events. The track then hosts the ARCA Racing and Nationwide series on Sept. 19-20. As with other Sprint Cup Series tracks, Kentucky Speedway will be equipped with NASCAR's "Air Titan" track drying system this season. The device sucks water off surfaces and into a truck, which NASCAR's R&D Center estimates could decrease drying times by 80%.(Courier-Journal)(2-5-2014)
VisitMyrtleBeach.com to sponsor September's Nationwide race at Kentucky: One of the fastest-growing family and vacation destinations in the nation, Myrtle Beach, S.C., will be the title sponsor of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 race that will take the green flag at Kentucky Speedway Sat., Sept. 20. Affectionately known as "The Grand Strand," Myrtle Beach welcomes an average of 15 million annual visitors, many of whom travel from Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. Myrtle Beach visitors experience true southern hospitality while enjoying 60 miles of beautiful, sandy beaches, more than 100 championship golf courses, countless family attractions, live entertainment and Carolina Coastal cuisine specializing in fresh seafood. The VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway will conclude a two-race weekend that begins Friday, Sept. 19 with the ARCA Racing Series (ARS) Zloop 150.(Kentucky Speedway)(2-4-2014)
Kentucky New Ticket Prices, Ticketmaster Services for 2014:- Guests purchasing tickets for Kentucky Speedway's five 2014 race events will enjoy lower prices and a simpler price structure in addition to a new suite of Ticketmaster account management and purchase tools. Price structures for five-race Season Ticket packages, three-race June Weekend packages and single-race grandstand tickets for the venue's Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts as well as both NNS races are simpler and prices are lower in most sections. NCWTS UNOH 225 and ARS Zloop 150 ticket prices also are reduced. New speedway ticket partner, Ticketmaster, will offer online customers a personal account management tool, enhanced seating maps and views of the speedway from specific grandstand sections. Customers wishing to keep their single-race, Season Ticket Package and June Weekend Package seat as well as campsite locations can renew on or before Dec. 1. All non-renewed locations will be released for public sale Dec. 2. All season ticket and season camping customers will receive an invitation to the Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts race-day infield party, automatic membership in a new season ticket holder and camper recognition program, a 50 percent discount on Fan Zone pass purchases, the option to pay for plans in three interest-free installments as well as discounts off the purchase of additional race tickets. Fans can call (859) 578-2300 or visit the Kentucky Speedway ticket office to purchase and renew 2014 tickets and campsites.(Kentucky Speedway)(11-20-2013)
Quaker State Returns as Title Sponsor of Sprint Cup Series Event at Kentucky: Kentucky Speedway's annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race will remain the Quaker State 400 through 2018 under the terms of a new event sponsorship agreement. The 2014 Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts will take to Kentucky Speedway's challenging 1.5-mile tri-oval track the night of Saturday, June 28 to provide the finale for the venue's tripleheader NASCAR weekend that opens Thursday, June 26.
"The Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts has continued to deliver incredible experiences to our customers and race fans as well as tremendous visibility for our brand over the first three years of the relationship with Kentucky Speedway," said Rusty Barron, Vice President of Marketing, Quaker State. "The event has featured on-track excitement as well as at-track success for Quaker State through a vast array of assets the entitlement brings. We are proud to be part of this great race for years to come."
Quaker State has grown the promotion of the 3-year-old NSCS 400-mile event to include branding on the speedway's retaining walls and start/finish line in the brand's signature green and gold colors.
"Kentucky Speedway has witnessed many historical moments, but few more important than this. Teaming long term with one of the best brands in sports positions us to continue to grow our speedway and the Quaker State 400. We treasure our association with Quaker State and are thrilled it has chosen to work and innovate with us," Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said.
When Quaker State announced in early 2011 it would become the title sponsor of the event, anticipation built among the NASCAR community as Kentucky Speedway was ushered in as the first new venue on the NSCS circuit in 10 years. The Quaker State 400 has lived up to its billing. NASCAR's most talented drivers and champions have conquered the unique 1.5-mile tri-oval to claim the first three Quaker State 400 titles: Kyle Busch (2011), Brad Keselowski ('12) and Matt Kenseth ('13).
Kentucky Speedway ticket packages that include the 2014 Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts are on sale at (859) 578-2300 and the speedway's ticket office at 1 Speedway Drive in Sparta, Ky., just off Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 North.(Kentucky Speedway)(10-12-2013)
Kenseth wins Kentucky: #20-Matt Kenseth won the Quaker State 400 rain delayed Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway for his 4th win of 2013, 1st ever win at Kentucky and 28th career win. On the last pit stop during caution, the #20 team only took fuel, came out with the lead and won the race. #48-Johnson led the most laps with 182 of 267 laps
#1-McMurray finished 2nd followed by #15-Bowyer, #22-Logano, #18-Busch, #78-Busch, #56-Truex Jr, #24-Gordon, #48-Johnson and #29-Harvick.
The race was pushed back from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon due to rain.
On lap 47, #78-Busch tried to pass #2-Keselowski on the apron, when he came back on the track, he drifted hard into the #2, who spun and came back up into the track and got hit by #16-Biffle, #93-Kvapil and #7-Blaney. Others involved #27-Menard and #33-Cassill.
Pole sitter, #88-Earnhardt Jr. led 11 laps, but around lap 37, he hit the remains of a blown tire from #11-Hamlin which did some damage to the nose & grill on the car. The team made numerous repairs and he finished 12th.
On lap 148, #11-Hamlin had a tire go down and smacked the wall, really hurts his Chase chances. Hamlin was taken to the infield care center at the track to get checked out. Hamlin said he is ok, banged his knee, bell rung, didn't feel good when he wnet to the care center, felt much better afterwards. Back feels fine.
On lap 247 on the resatrt #48-Johnson was 2nd, came off turn 1 and came down on #22-Lagaon, they didn't touch, but the #48 spun and caused a caution, falling to the rear. Johnson rallied to finish 9th.
There were 11 lead changes among 6 drivers and 10 cautions for 42 yellow flag laps and a short red flag to clean up the track after a wreck.
The average speed was 131.948mph. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Kentucky Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Kentucky Penalty Report (pdf).
For Official Results & Points, see the Official Kentucky Race and Points Report.(6-30/7-1-2013)
"Troops to the Track" Program comes to Kentucky: The Armed Forces Foundation and NASCAR continue the 2013 Troops to the Track program on Sunday, June 29th, by bringing service members of the 19th Engineer Battalion based out of Fort Knox, KY. The 19th Engineer Battalion, on order, deploys engineer forces in order to provide mission command and general engineer support to decisive action in support of Expeditionary, Army, Joint, or Combined Military Operations world-wide. The 19th Engineer Battalion is composed of the 15th Engineer Company, 76th Engineer Company, 502nd Engineer Company, Forward Support Company, and Headquarters and Headquarters Company. Recent operations include disaster relief and aid in support of Super Storm Sandy as well as construction projects in support of the U.S. Border Patrol in Nogales, AZ. Troops to the Track will be expanded to include service member's families during NASCAR: An American Salute, which begins at the Coca-Cola 600 and runs through the Coke Zero 400 on July 4th weekend. NASCAR: An American Salute is a six-week industry-wide effort to honor and celebrate the service of current Armed Forces members, veterans, and their families.(AFF)(6-29-2013)
Kentucky Gov. Beshear proclaims NASCAR Week in the Commonwealth: Three of Kentucky's most influential leaders, Papa John's Founder John Schnatter, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari, are pledging their support to Kentucky Speedway's June 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts and encouraging fans to do the same by coming together to celebrate a "slice of Kentucky." Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed the week of June 24 as "NASCAR Week in the Commonwealth."
"Kentucky Speedway is a great asset for our state that provides unparalleled entertainment and excitement to thousands of racing fans," said Gov. Beshear. "We're proud NASCAR is returning to the Bluegrass State, and we are looking forward to an exhilarating weekend of racing." This is the third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway. In its first two years, the event at the Sparta venue has attracted fans from each of the 50 U.S. states and Canada, making a significant impact on travel and tourism in the region.
Papa John's customers are able to purchase two "Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts" tower grandstand tickets in select sections along with infield Fan Zone passes for the event through a special pizza box topper or on-line at http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com/papajohns. "We are excited to partner with Kentucky Speedway to offer race fans a great opportunity to be part of this exciting event at a great price," said Schnatter. "Papa John's has had a strong partnership with NASCAR over the past several years and we look forward to being part of this thrilling event."
In addition, Calipari will participate in the big night by serving as Honorary Pace Car Driver. "It's a privilege to represent the great Commonwealth of Kentucky as Honorary Pace Car Driver," said Calipari. "The Quaker State 400 is one of Kentucky's premier events and I'm confident Kentucky Speedway and NASCAR will put on a thrilling event for NASCAR fans throughout Kentucky and beyond." Calipari just completed his fourth year as head coach of the Wildcats. He reached the mountaintop in his third campaign in Lexington by guiding Kentucky to its eighth NCAA Men's Basketball national championship and 15th Final Four. It marked his first national championship and his fourth Final Four as a head coach. He is one of only two coaches to lead three different programs to a Final Four (University of Massachusetts-1996; Memphis-2008; Kentucky-2011, 2012).
"Papa John's is one of the very best sports marketers in the country. We appreciate them getting behind our Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts as we continue to grow one of our region's signature events," Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said. "We welcome Coach Calipari back to Kentucky Speedway and look forward to him leading one of the quickest fast breaks in history of the commonwealth."
The Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts includes a race-day concert with platinum-selling country music artist Billy Currington presented by Kroger and anchors a NASCAR tripleheader weekend at the speedway. Racing begins Thursday, June 27 with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) UNOH 225 and continues Friday, June 28 with the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Feed The Children 300.
Tickets, weekend and season ticket packages, daily infield Fan Zone passes - that provide a trackside view of Currington's concert, a similar view of driver introductions, pit road access and more - along with campsites are on sale now at kentuckyspeedway.com , (859) 578-2300 and the speedway offices.(Kentucky Speedway)(6-26-2013)
Kentucky basketball coach to drive pace car: University of Kentucky Men's Basketball Head Coach John Calipari will be the honorary Ford Fusion pace car driver for Kentucky Speedway's Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts and will help lead a 43-car field to the green flag just after 7:30 p.m. Calipari guided the 2011-12 Wildcats to the program's eighth NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship and 15th Final Four appearance. His team, led by Associated Press Player of the Year Anthony Davis and All-American Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, earned 38 victories and posted an unblemished 16-0 Southeastern Conference record. The coach earned his first national championship after making his second straight and fourth Final Four appearance.(Kentucky Speedway)(6-20-2013)
Speedway Motorsports installs new cables: Kentucky Speedway has installed new vertical cables along the catch fence as an added safety measure in spectator areas, owner Bruton Smith said Wednesday. Smith said the technology was developed by Speedway Motorsports Inc. personnel and a patent is pending. The 5/8-inch steel cables were placed between support posts and anchored into the retaining wall with epoxy. They're connected to the existing horizontal steel cables with a steel clamp. The system is designed to keep the horizontal cables from spreading if a tire or car were to sail into the catch fence. Smith said he's made NASCAR aware of the new feature. "I'm going to predict they'll start using it, but I don't know. I think they will," he said. "This is the latest and greatest as far as a safety feature that we've ever done. We went between each post and we've tied those cables together. There's no wheel going to go through there at any time. A car can't get through there. So it's a major safety factor. I'd like to see all the speedways use it."(Cincinnati Enquirer)(6-7-2013)
Kentucky Speedway's First Top Cop Challenge to be Part of Police Memorial Week: Cincinnati Chief of Police James Craig is inviting officers from eight regional law enforcement agencies to compete for a ride in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts pace car by testing their stock car racing skills in Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE) cars during the first Top Cop Challenge at Kentucky Speedway May 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Officers representing the City of Cincinnati, Butler Co., Ohio, Hamilton Co., Ohio, City of Florence, Ky., City of Lexington, Ky., Gallatin Co., Ky., Oldham Co. Ky., and the Kentucky State Police will open the Top Cop Challenge with a two-officer team competition that will ultimately determine three officers who will have the chance to become Top Cop.
Each team member will race six timed laps around the speedway's 1.5-mile tri-oval. The team which generates the fastest average during its session will be the Top Cop Challenge Team Champion. The winning team will be awarded tickets to the Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts and the Friday, June 28 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Feed The Children 300. Tickets will be distributed among needy families in the team's community. The highest-ranking officers from the quickest three teams will advance to a final round in which they will drive 10-lap segments. The officer with the fastest cumulative time will be crowned Top Cop. In addition to the pace car ride, the Top Cop will be recognized during Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts prerace ceremonies Saturday, June 29, and receive a one-year supplies of both Coca-Cola and Quaker State Motor Oil to be donated to the cause of their choice. The Top Cop Challenge is just one event that will remember fallen officers throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana during Police Memorial Week May 13-19. Fallen officers will be honored with a Police Memorial Parade that will begin May 17 at 11 a.m. at Fountain Square on Fifth Street and travers to the Cincinnati Police Memorial at the corner of Central Parkway and Ezzard Charles Drive.(Kentucky Speedway)(5-16-2013)
Kentucky announces fan initiatvies: Kentucky Speedway is introducing fan-first initiatives that reward long-time season ticket customers, welcome first-time visitors and focus on family entertainment. Season ticket customers that have supported the speedway for 10 years or longer will receive reserved parking for each June and September race day, 20 $1.00 discount coupons that can be used for race-day food and non-alcoholic drink purchases as well as a coupon good for a 20 percent discount off a merchandise purchase from the Kentucky Speedway Gift Shop. Customers also will receive 10-year recognition premiums such as a full-size Kentucky Speedway flag, lanyard and window decal. Five- to nine-year season ticket customers also will be rewarded with reserved parking for each race day along with unique premiums such as a five-year hat, lanyard and window decal. First-time fans will be able to attend educational presentations on Quaker State 400 race day and visit a dedicated page on the speedway's Web site. First-time fans also will receive special communications in the months preceding the Quaker State 400 tripleheader weekend.(Kentucky Speedway)(4-13-2013)
Kentucky Speedway Opens its Gates for Fun-Filled Ford Fan Day April 27: Kentucky Speedway's free Ford Fan Day will give visitors a chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at the 107,000-seat venue while enjoying live music, activities, giveaways, food and INEX U.S. Legends International racing on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fans will be able to tour the media center, garages, owner's suite, press box and campgrounds, have their photo taken in Victory Lane, see Fire and Safety Team demonstrations on pit road and walk the speedway's 1.5-mile tri-oval track. Guests also will be able to learn more about the speedway from General Manager Mark Simendinger during "Ask the GM" question-and-answer sessions at noon and 2 p.m. Visitors will be able to talk racing with local media during insightful Racing Roundtable chats at 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
The Raceway Ministries Kids Zone will be filled with activities such as face painting, Hot Wheels car racing, a pit stop tire challenge, inflatables and petting zoo with 20 animals from Honey Hill Farms.
INEX U.S Legends International racing will take to the paved quarter-mile track at 11 a.m., and 3 p.m. Fans can meet Legends drivers during an autograph session at 1:30 p.m., and experience the tight turns of the quarter-mile track first-hand by taking 10-lap ride-alongs in a Legends car for $50 or Bandolero car for $40. Registrations will be taken at the Legends trailer on event day.
Rising artist Andy Velo will entertain guests with his sound that mixes classical country with country rock at 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. The Georgia musician scored his first radio hit in 2010 with "Hank It Up," which reached the Top 60 on the Music Row chart. Velo has shared stages with country music giants Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith and Chris Young.
Regional attraction JetSet GetSet will bring its upbeat country music creations to the main stage at 11 a.m. The popular Indiana trio is a speedway favorite and has performed at events as far away as Minnesota, Missouri, Virginia and Tennessee.
Ford Fan Day will set the stage for the first of two Kentucky Speedway event weekends. The season opens with a NASCAR tripleheader featuring the June 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400, June 28 Nationwide Series Feed The Children 300 and June 27 Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225. Racing continues in September when the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns Sept. 21 for a 300-mile tilt. ARCA Racing Series (ARS) action opens the weekend with a 150-mile event on Sept. 20. The race will be the series'first at the venue since 2009 and its 20th all-time appearance on the 1.5-mile Kentucky tri-oval.
The complete Ford Fan Day schedule is available at kentuckyspeedway.com.
Tickets, campsites and infield Fan Zone passes that provide great access such as a stage-side view of the Quaker State 400 prerace concert with country music sensation Billy Currington, pit road access and more are available now at kentuckyspeedway.com, (859) 578-2300 or the Kentucky Speedway offices at 1 Speedway Drive, Sparta, Ky., 41086. The ticket office is open Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.(Kentucky Speedway)(3-21-2013)
Kentucky single race tickets on sale: Reserved single tickets and daily Fan Zone passes for five Kentucky Speedway races including the June 27-29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 tripleheader weekend go on sale Jan. 30 at 9:00 a.m. The "Quaker State 400" serves as the finale of the first of two race weekends. Opening weekend also includes the June 28 NASCAR Nationwide Series Feed The Children 300 and June 27 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225. Racing continues with a return NNS 300-mile engagement on Sept. 21 and the 20th all-time ARCA Racing Series Kentucky Speedway event on Sept. 20. Adult ticket prices will not increase for the 14th Kentucky Speedway season and seats will be reserved for all events. NSCS Quaker State 400 tickets range between $70 and $110. NNS race tickets are priced from $45 to $75 while NCWTS and ARS tickets will be $30 and $40.(Kentucky Speedway)(1-30-2013)
Unique Quaker State 400 Holiday Ticket Package at Kentucky Speedway: Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky is offering NASCAR fans $100 in holiday savings on a first-of-its-kind Kentucky Speedway package that includes two tickets to the venue's June 29 Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race in addition to a distillery tour, bourbon tasting and collectible shot glass. Those who purchase one of 2,000 available packages for $110 while supplies last or before Jan. 31, 2013 will witness the Quaker State 400 from popular sections of speedway Grandstand 1 or 6 and receive two distillery tour/tasting tickets valid until Dec. 31, 2013 along with the premium shot glass bearing the Buffalo Trace logo. Unique packages are on sale now and can be purchased at http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com , by phone at (859) 578-2300 or by visiting the Kentucky Speedway corporate offices at 1 Speedway Drive, Sparta, Ky., 41086 just off Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Kentucky Highway 35 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays.(Kentucky Speedway)(12-13-2012)
UNOH extends Kentucky NCWTS partnership through 2015: The University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) will be the title sponsor for Kentucky Speedway's UNOH 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event though 2015 under the terms of an extended corporate partnership. The third UNOH 225 in Kentucky Speedway history will open a tripleheader NASCAR weekend on Thursday, June 27, 2013. The NASCAR Nationwide Series Feed The Children 300 will follow on Friday, June 28 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 will provide the weekend finale on Saturday, June 29. Located in Lima, Ohio, UNOH grants master's, baccalaureate, and associate degrees through its Colleges of Applied Technologies, Business, Occupational Professions, Health Professions, and Graduate Programs along with online degree options. The College of Applied Technologies prepares students for careers in the motorsports and automotive industries through specialized automotive, high performance motorsports, diesel, agricultural, and alternate fuels programs. The UNOH College of Applied Technologies has built a storied motorsports history through its involvement in the ARCA Racing Series, three NASCAR national touring series, and events such as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour UNOH Perfect Storm 150 contested at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Kentucky Speedway will support the event entitlement with a wide array of promotional activities. The 2013 UNOH 225 will be the 16th NCWTS event in Kentucky Speedway history. (Kentucky Speedway PR)(10-12-2012)
Craven to give the green for trucks at Kentucky: Craven, the former driver of the #32 Tide NASCAR Sprint Cup Series machine, will send the 36-truck NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kentucky 201 field racing on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Gallatin Co., Ky., Judge Executive Ken McFarland will be the race grand marshal and deliver the command to start engines after Broshear, of Oxford, Ohio, performs "The Star Spangled Banner." Craven became the 15th driver to earn a victory in each of NASCAR's three national touring series when he claimed a 105-mile NCWTS race title at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 22, 2005. He also is the first driver to earn Rookie of the Year honors in each national NASCAR touring series. The 46-year-old from Newburgh, Maine took one of two closest race finishes in NSCS history by edging Kurt Busch by 0.002 of a second at the Darlington Raceway finish line on March 16, 2003. Jimmie Johnson matched Craven's margin of victory on April 17, 2011 by inching below the Talladega Superspeedway checkered flag ahead of Clint Bowyer.(Kentucky Speedway)(9-18-2012)
Kentucky Speedway seeks fan council applicants: Kentucky Speedway is seeking 15 race enthusiasts to found a Fan Council. Selected members will work directly with the speedway management team to brainstorm, discuss, debate and focus on ideas that will enhance the speedway guest experience. Discussions will be conducted throughout the year by either conference call, e-mail, survey or meetings at the 107,000-capacity speedway. Each council member must be at least 18 years of age and will be asked to commit to a one-year term. Applications are available for download at http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com/fancouncil/. Applications being returned by mail must be postmarked by Sept. 14, 2012. Council member selections will be made by Sept. 21, 2012.(Kentucky Speedway)(8-18-2012)
Kentucky Speedway ready to comfort, entertain fans: Kentucky Speedway will comfort race fans attending its June 28-30 NASCAR events by stationing multiple cool zones throughout the facility in addition to stocking extra ice and water with dry, above-average temperatures forecast for the remainder of the week. Speedway campgrounds opened Tuesday at noon and the first race team haulers are scheduled to arrive on the Kentucky Speedway infield Wednesday at 11 a.m. Parking lots open at 7 a.m., each race day and fans will be able to enjoy driver appearances along with a wide variety of music, interactive activities, food and shopping in the concourse-level display area as well as the infield Fan Zone throughout the weekend. The Quaker State 400 race day line-up includes country music superstar Chris Young in concert at 5:15 p.m., on the frontstretch stage and high-energy Bud Light artists LoCash Cowboys in concert at 3 p.m., on the Budweiser stage. Multi-talented stage performer and country music artist Laura Bell Bundy, originally of Lexington, Ky., will sing "The Star Spangled Banner."(Kentucky Speedway)(6-27-2012)
Laura Bell Bundy to Perform Kentucky National Anthem: 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 for Kentucky Speedway's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 on Saturday, June 30. The accomplished singer/songwriter and multi-talented stage performer from Lexington, Ky., is preparing to release her second country music collection. Her debut Achin' and Shakin' album demonstrates traditional and modern country influences with popular singles from the upbeat "Giddy On Up" to the romantic "Drop On By."(Kentucky Speedway)(6-27-2012)
Kentucky State Police to lead Speedway traffic: Kentucky State Police (KSP) outlined its parking and traffic management plan for Kentucky Speedway's June 28-30 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "Quaker State 400" weekend. The plan will make full use of infrastructure projects completed by the State of Kentucky, 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. Captain Dean Hayes, Trooper Brad Arterburn, Trooper Michael Webb presented the plan which calls for KSP to control all parking operations, station a trooper in each parking lot and direct 300 attendants employed by a new parking service contracted by Kentucky Speedway.
KSP will additionally manage "Quaker State 400" traffic by establishing a contraflow lane on northbound I-71 which will allow non-event traffic traveling southbound to safely bypass the speedway and decrease the potential for delays. State police will additionally divert as much commercial traffic as possible from I-71 to Interstate 64 and Interstate 75 with highway signage.
Speedway guests traveling southbound on I-71 will be directed to Exit 57 where police will utilize cones, signs and six lanes of Ky. Hwy. 35 to funnel traffic into new Ford Parking areas created on 170 acres of land just east of the speedway as well as lots accessible from Kentucky Speedway Entrance 3. Traffic traveling northbound on I-71 will access new and original Kentucky Speedway parking lots via I-71 Exit 55, state Route 1039 and the venue's Speedway Blvd. All traffic entering the venue from access roads will be parked simultaneously. KSP and Kentucky Speedway will utilize a media mix of local outlets, roadside message boards, Facebook and Twitter to provide fans traffic updates every 30 minutes or as necessary on "Quaker State 400" race day. Following the "Quaker State 400," exterior traffic will be held 30 minutes to allow pedestrians to safely return to their vehicles. Infield traffic will be held 90 minutes to reduce congestion.
KSP encourages "Quaker State 400" guests to leave early to avoid delays; be conscious that delays are possible as is the case with any major public or sporting event; exercise patience; avoid aggressive driving habits; maintain awareness of thousands of pedestrians near the speedway; and use extra caution when returning home. Tickets, campsites and daily infield Fan Zone passes for all events can be purchased by logging on to kentuckyspeedway.com/tickets, calling 859-578-2300.(Kentucky Speedway)(6-22-2012)
Kentucky Speedway offers 'Celebrate 88' ticket/tshirt deal for 88 hours: Quaker State is celebrating Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) victory since 2008 by offering Kentucky Speedway fans an $88 Kentucky Tower Grandstand ticket for the June 30 "Quaker State 400" along with a free Dale Jr., T-shirt for only 88 hours beginning Wednesday, June 20 at 9:00 am. Fans who take advantage of the special offer will save $22 per ticket and will be seated in the "Celebrate 88" section of the Kentucky Tower. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchases by calling (859) 578-2300, logging on to kentuckyspeedway.com or visiting the Kentucky Speedway corporate offices Tickets remain for all events.(Kentucky Speedway)(6-20-2012)
Kentucky Gov. and Buton Smtih tour improved Kentucky Speedway infrastructure: On Monday, June 11, 2012, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Speedway Motorsports, Inc., (SMI) Chairman and CEO Bruton Smith toured expanded infrastructure that will streamline traffic flows for three NASCAR events that make up Kentucky Speedway's June 28-30 "Quaker State 400" weekend as well as future events at the 107,000-seat venue. The State of Kentucky completed projects which expanded Kentucky Highway 35 to seven lanes, widened the I-71 ramp to Ky. Hwy. 35 to three lanes and constructed a pedestrian tunnel that will connect the massive new Ford Parking lot east of Ky. Hwy. 35 to Kentucky Speedway. In addition to acquiring and engineering 170 new acres for the Ford Parking lot, Kentucky Speedway converted 50 new acres of previously unusable land to parking and added gravel aisles to 100 acres of previously all-grass parking. In total, the projects yielded parking for an additional 20,000 vehicles compared to 2011.
"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," said Gov. Beshear. "Their investment and their resolve made it easy for us to also invest in roadway improvements to increase traffic capacity in the vicinity of Kentucky Speedway. We obviously have a great number of passionate NASCAR fans in this region. Kentucky Speedway is ideally situated to draw from those fans in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Tennessee and even farther, and we look forward to this race being a signature event for many years to come."
The speedway further contracted Veteran's Security and Patrol, Co., as its new parking management service and partnered with nationally-recognized engineering firm Stantec to create a simulation model which helped shape a new speedway traffic management plan by predicting numerous scenarios managers may encounter on event days. Kentucky Speedway complemented the infrastructure expansions by constructing a new overpass to its infield tunnel road which will allow a bolstered fleet of free guest trams to efficiently travel designated routes to gates and points of interest on race days. "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.
Kentucky State Police and Kentucky Speedway will partner to provide race fans frequent race day traffic updates through a mix of Facebook (Kentucky State Police / Kentucky Speedway) and Twitter (@kystatepolice / @KySpeedway) messages, information radio station 1620 AM which can be heard within a five-mile radius of the speedway as well as Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana media outlets.
Tickets, campsites and daily infield Fan Zone passes for all events can be purchased by logging on to kentuckyspeedway.com/tickets, calling 859-578-2300 or visiting the Kentucky Speedway corporate offices at 1 Speedway Drive, Sparta, Ky., 41086 just off of Interstate 71 Exit 57 and the newly-expanded, seven-lane Kentucky Highway 35.(KYS)(6-13-2012)
Ford sponsoring Kentucky parking areas Ford will team with Ford Dealers in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana to support Kentucky Speedway's 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. Lots that make up the area will bear the names of Ford models including the Louisville, Ky., built Escape, which will serve as the speedway's Official Pace Vehicle; Fusion, which races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit; and F150, which competes on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tour. A parking lot also is expected to display the name of the brand's iconic Mustang model, which is featured on the NASCAR Nationwide Series circuit. Ford Parking will combine with repurposed land on the original Kentucky Speedway property to accommodate an estimated 20,000 additional vehicles.(Kentucky Speedway)(5-31-2012)
2013 Ford Escape named the Official Pace Vehicle of Kentucky Speedway: #17-Matt Kenseth presented the 2013 Ford Escape as the official pace vehicle of Kentucky Speedway's June 28-30 "Quaker State 400" tripleheader race weekend during a visit to the Ford Motor Co., Louisville Assembly Plant. Kenseth enjoyed a plant tour before unveiling two Kentucky Speedway themed Escapes. Tickets, campsites and daily infield Fan Zone passes can be purchased through the "Tickets" pages of kentuckyspeedway.com, by calling (859) 578-2300.(Kentucky Speedway)(5-17-2012)
Marlee Scott to Perform National Anthems at Watkins Glen: Marlee Scott will perform the American and Canadian National Anthems live on ESPN prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at The Glen race on Sunday, August 12. Scott, a Big Ride Entertainment artist and Toronto, ON native currently residing in Nashville, will also perform at Friday Night's FREE Red Cat Summer Stage Concert on the infield of Watkins Glen International. Scott has previously performed at the ACC Football Championship, the Breeders' Cup and at a number of Major League Baseball games including the Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds. Tickets for the 2012 race season at Watkins Glen International are on sale now! Fans may purchase tickets and camping by contacting the WGI ticket office at 866.461.RACE(7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com.(WGI)(5-17-2012)
Kentucky Speedway boss confident traffic, parking woes solved: Mark Simendinger, general manager of Kentucky Speedway, might be looking forward to the June 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup Quaker State 400 more than anyone else in the state. Even at a feel-good event, Tuesday's unveiling of the new 2013 Ford Escape pace vehicles built at Louisville's Ford Assembly Plant, even with Daytona 500 champ Matt Kenseth on hand to hype the event, the talk eventually turned to traffic. "I cannot wait," Simendinger said. "I used to play sports a lot. I played a lot of baseball, and there were certain pitchers that I couldn't hit, and I wasn't too thrilled about going up and facing those guys. But when I knew I was going to be able to hit somebody, I couldn't wait to get up. And that's the way I feel right now because we are ready to go." Last year's traffic debacle at the speedway's inaugural Sprint Cup event is well-documented. In fact, the traffic and parking nightmare quickly came to be synonymous with the venue, which in turn has been its own nightmare for track officials as they seek to get back on the lead lap with customers.
Over the past 10 months the state widened the I-71 ramp at Ky. 35 and widened the state road to seven lanes. The track bought 173 acres across the street for parking, converted 50 more acres on site to parking and constructed a 42-foot pedestrian tunnel to connect the new parking area to the speedway.
Speedway officials also hired a new parking service to run race-day traffic and increased the number of trams and interior roadways at the track, while also constructing an overpass to its infield tunnel to separate tram and infield traffic. "We've spent a lot of money and time and preparation," Simendinger said. "We've done all this computer simulation modeling, so I know it works, but all you can do is open up the doors and let everyone see for themselves. And we can't wait to do that. ... I'm excited. Things are starting to build up and the focus is building to the racing, as it should be." As the 2012 race draws closer, Simendinger and everyone at Kentucky Speedway hopes the attention turns to that kind of traffic detail instead of the kind that made headlines last year. But they know that until they get the race crowd in and out, the shadow still will be there. Some tickets remain for the race. For the first time, fans will be allowed to bring their own coolers into the grandstand (14 by 14 inches, no alcoholic beverages).(Courier-Journal)
AND Kentucky Speedway and the state have spent millions to expand parking and improve infrastructure and access after heavy traffic and parking problems kept thousands from attending the inaugural Sprint Cup Series race last summer. Last week, a team of top NASCAR officials visited the speedway to survey the improvements. "From our standpoint, I thought it was a very good meeting," Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger said Tuesday. "I appreciated them coming in and taking the time to see all the hard work that we put in."(Cincinnati Enquirer)(5-16-2012)
Kentucky Ford Fan Day on April 28: Kentucky Speedway's Ford Fan Day will offer guests a multitude of activities, a behind-the-scenes view of all areas of the 107,000-capacity facility, U.S. Legends International quarter-mile track racing, chances to win prizes as well as previews of road and parking improvements on Saturday, April 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Guests will be able to tour the garages, media center, grandstands, press box, owner's suite, spotters' stand, campgrounds and a new tunnel that connects the original speedway property to expansive new parking fields. In addition to Legends racing, highlighted activities include the chance to take a Victory Lane photo with the speedway's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "Quaker State 400" trophy, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series trophy and the Sprint Show Car courtesy of Walmart, a chat with speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger, a Racing Roundtable discussion with local media along with a Fire and Safety Team demonstration. Raceway Ministries will organize children's activities such as face painting and youngsters also will have the chance to make announcements on the speedway's public address system.(Kentucky Speedway)(4-3-2012)
Stantec helping the Kentucky Speedway prepare for crowds: A nationally-recognized transportation planning team from Stantec in Kentucky is helping the Kentucky Speedway prepare for crowds at the June 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "Quaker State 400" at the 107,000-capacity venue. The 2011 "Quaker State 400," the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at the speedway, drew national attention when an overwhelming race-day crowd resulted in a gridlocked roadway system and parking shortages. In response, Kentucky Speedway acted aggressively to address and resolve the problems identified last year. Kentucky Speedway has partnered with Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to implement multi-million dollar infrastructure and program improvements.
More info on the Stantec's microscopic traffic simulation at kentuckyspeedway.com. Tickets, campsites and daily infield Fan Zone passes for the Quaker State 400 tripleheader weekend can be purchased at kentuckyspeedway.com, by calling 859-578-2300 or visiting the Kentucky Speedway corporate offices.(Kentucky Speedway)(3-27-2012)
Kentucky Speedway to start installing tunnel: On Tuesday, February 14th, construction crews will begin installing sections of a 42-foot-wide tunnel beneath Kentucky Highway 35 that will connect new Kentucky Speedway parking fields to the facility's original property. A crane will install the tunnel in 25 sections that are 42-feet wide and approximately 11 feet high. The tunnel and parking fields are elements of ongoing projects that will ultimately expand parking while improving automotive and pedestrian traffic flows during Kentucky Speedway events. Additional elements include widening the I-71 ramp at Exit 57 and widening Ky. 35. The first of two 2012 Kentucky Speedway event weekends will feature the June 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "Quaker State 400," the June 29 NASCAR Nationwide Series "Feed The Children 300" and June 28 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series "UNOH 225." The second weekend will spotlight the Sept. 21 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series "Kentucky 201" and Sept. 22 NASCAR Nationwide Series "Kentucky 300." Tickets, campsites and daily infield Fan Zone passes for all events are available at kentuckyspeedway.com and by phone at 888-652-7223. Campsites and daily infield Fan Zone passes can be purchased by calling 859-578-2300.(Kentucky Speedway)(2-14-2012)
Company disputes number of Kentucky parking attendants: The company hired to direct parking at Kentucky Speedway's inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race last summer disputes track owner Bruton Smith's recent assertion that hundreds of attendants failed to show up for work on race day. The head of Brantley Security Services' event management division claims the company had more attendants on the speedway grounds July 9 than it was obligated to provide. Smith and Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger gave a presentation during last week's NASCAR media tour in North Carolina detailing steps being taken to expand parking and improve infrastructure around the Sparta, Ky., track before this year's Quaker State 400. "The company that Mark had dealt with as far as the number of parkers, we contracted for 300. Eighty-four showed up," Smith said during his opening remarks Jan. 25. A Nashville lawyer whose firm represents Brantley Security challenged those figures in a letter sent to The Enquirer. Jeremy Curran, president of Brantley Security's event management division, supported attorney David L. Johnson's claim that Brantley contracted with the speedway to provide 96 attendants for the Quaker State 400 and, in fact, had 112 show up on race day. A copy of a signed contract between Brantley Services and Kentucky Speedway does not specify the number of attendants Brantley was requested to provide on July 9. Curran provided a spreadsheet detailing Brantley's parking plan for the day that shows 10 supervisors, 30 directors and 56 parkers. Curran claims Kentucky Speedway asked for more parking attendants for the 2009 Nationwide Series race than it did for the inaugural Sprint Cup Series race in July.(Cincinnati Enquirer)(2-5-2012)
Kentucky tickets on sale Feb. 8; Fans can now carry in coolers: Kentucky Speedway will place single race tickets for its five NASCAR races including the June 30 Sprint Cup Series "Quaker State 400" on sale Feb. 8 at 9:00 a.m., and allow customers to carry coolers in to all events for the first time in speedway history. Single race ticket prices for five NASCAR events scheduled June 28-30 and Sept. 21-22 will not increase. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "Quaker State 400" tickets range from $75 to $110 and NASCAR Nationwide Series race tickets range from $45 to $75 based on seat location. All NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race tickets are $30 or $40 for reserved seats. Customers can purchase tickets at www.kentuckyspeedway.com, 888-652-7223 and through speedway offices at 1 Speedway Drive in Sparta, Ky., 41086, just off Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. State Highway 35. Coolers will be limited in size to 14 inches by 14 inches by 14 inches. Customers will be able to carry in snacks, unopened soft drinks and water to enjoy during events. Kentucky law prohibits alcoholic beverages of any kind to be carried through the speedway gates.(Kentucky Speedway)(2-2-2012)
Kentucky Speedway Infrastructure Improvements Outlined: Kentucky Speedway officials presented national reporters an overview of infrastructure projects in progress at the 107,000-capacity Sparta, Ky., facility during the annual NASCAR preseason media tour today. Outlined projects will be complete before Kentucky Speedway opens its five-race 2012 schedule with a NASCAR tripleheader weekend featuring the Sprint Cup Series "Quaker State 400," Nationwide Series "Feed The Children 300," and Camping World Truck Series "UNOH 225" June 28-30. The speedway will play host to a second 300-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Sept. 22 and a 225-mile NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Sept. 21.
This season, Kentucky Speedway will feature:
Expanded Parking: Kentucky Speedway purchased two large land parcels adjacent to the north side of Kentucky Highway 35 which will be converted to expansive new parking fields. Kentucky Speedway also repurposed portions of its original acreage for additional parking.
Easier Facility Access: The state of Kentucky has committed to widening the Interstate 71 exit ramp at Ky. 35, widening Ky. 35 to seven lanes at points where it services the speedway and constructing a pedestrian tunnel which will safely connect new parking fields to the Kentucky Speedway grounds.
A New Traffic Plan: Kentucky Speedway will execute a new pedestrian and automotive traffic plan.
Infrastructure Improvements: Kentucky Speedway will construct and overpass to its infield tunnel road that will separate tram traffic and infield traffic. The speedway also will expand restrooms.
Improved Campsites: Expanded campgrounds will feature enhanced campsites, many with access to electric service.
"We want the chance to prove ourselves. You'll see when you come back, all the improvements," Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) Chairman and CEO Bruton Smith said. Five-race season ticket plans, a three-race June Weekend Ticket Package that includes a 1:24 scale Dale Earnhardt, Jr., die-cast collectible along with season and weekend campsites are available now at 859-578-2300, by going to Kentuckyspeedway.com, the Kentucky Speedway corporate offices at 1 Speedway Drive, Sparta, Ky., 41806 off of Interstate 71 Exit 57 and state Highway 35.(Kentucky Speedway)(1-26-2012)
Kentucky new parking field, road expansion projects advance: Kentucky Speedway's parking expansion project is beginning to take shape behind diligent construction crew efforts in unusually-mild Midwest winter temperatures. SMI acquired a 143-acre parcel of land adjacent to Kentucky Speedway and state Highway 35 in August 2011. The tract will be converted new parking fields that will be connected to speedway grounds by a new pedestrian tunnel. The tunnel is part of a Commonwealth of Kentucky project that will expand state Highway 35 to improve automotive and the Interstate 71 exit ramp at state Highway 35 to help improve automotive traffic flows during Kentucky Speedway events. Parking and road expansion projects are scheduled to be completed in spring.(Kentucky Speedway)(1-16-2012)
Kentucky Speedway introduces three race ticket package: Kentucky Speedway will introduce its first discounted three-race ticket package for its season-opening NASCAR tripleheader weekend that includes the June 30 Sprint Cup Series "Quaker State 400," June 29 Nationwide Series "Feed The Children 300," and June 28 Camping World Truck Series "UNOH 225" on Jan. 11. The weekend package is priced from $129 to $209 based on ticket quantity and seat location. As an added incentive, customers who purchase the package and all speedway season ticket holders will receive a 1:24 scale Dale Earnhardt, Jr., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series #88 collectible die cast car valued at $70. Cars will be limited to one per account. The weekend ticket package, campsites and daily infield Fan Zone passes will go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 9:00 a.m. Five-race season ticket plans and season campsites also remain available. Each can be purchased through www.kentuckyspeedway.com, by calling 859-578-2300 or by visiting the Kentucky Speedway offices at 1 Speedway Drive, Sparta, Ky., 41086.(Kentucky Speedway)(1-11-2012)
Contract awarded to upgrade roads near Kentucky Speedway: An Ohio company submitted the low bid of $3.7 million to get a state contract to improve roads near the Kentucky Speedway, the site of a massive traffic tie-up in July. The state Transportation Cabinet said Monday that the bid by Sunesis Construction Co. of West Chester, Ohio, was $220,183 below the cabinet's estimate for the project. Four other companies also submitted bids, the cabinet said in a news release. The project will widen sections of Interstate 71 and Ky. 35 in Gallatin County so traffic can flow more quickly and safely into the Speedway's parking areas, which also are being enlarged by owner Speedway Motorsports Inc. In addition, a pedestrian tunnel will be built. The state agreed to make the investment after Speedway Motorsports took steps to prevent a recurrence of the traffic jam that plagued the track's inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in July. Traffic backed up onto I-71 and other roads for miles, largely because of insufficient parking space and traffic management at the track, the state has said. The new project includes improving the I-71 southbound ramp to allow a third lane of right-turn exit traffic onto Ky. 35, which runs past the Speedway. The ramp currently has two right-turn lanes. In addition, six-tenths of a mile of Ky. 35 will be widened to five lanes with two, full-width shoulders. The pedestrian tunnel, to be installed beneath Ky. 35, will enable race patrons to walk safely from new parking lots to the Speedway complex.(Herald Leader.)(12-6-2011)
Kentucky season ticket holder Richard Petty tireside chat Jan 31st: Customers who purchase or renew season tickets for Kentucky Speedway's five NASCAR event 2012 campaign on or before Wednesday, January 18, 2012 will be automatically entered to receive one of 250 invitations for two to an exclusive "Tireside Chat" with Hall of Fame NASCAR legend Richard Petty at Belterra Casino Resort & Spa in Vevay, Ind., on Tuesday, Jan. 31. The seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) team owner known as "The King", will relay his career experiences and answer Kentucky Speedway season ticket customer questions during the "Tireside Chat."
Season tickets for the 107,000-capacity facility's 13th season start at $179 and include significant benefits such as an opportunity to purchase as many as 12 additional tickets to the June 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "Quaker State 400" before they go on sale to the general public.
Season Tickets and season campsites can be purchased by logging on to kentuckyspeedway.com/tickets, calling 859-578-2300 or visiting the speedway corporate offices.(Kentucky Speedway)(12-4-2011)
Kentucky season ticket holders can win "Tireside Chat" with the King: Customers who purchase or renew season tickets for Kentucky Speedway's five NASCAR event 2012 season on or before Wednesday, January 18, 2012 will be automatically entered to receive one of 250 invitations for two to an exclusive "Tireside Chat" with Hall of Fame NASCAR legend Richard Petty at Belterra Casino Resort & Spa in Vevay, Ind., in early February. The seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) team owner known as "The King" after racing a record 200 victories in his iconic #43 STP machine from 1960 to 1984, will relay his career experiences and answer Kentucky Speedway season ticket customer questions during the "Tireside Chat." Season tickets for the 107,000-capacity facility's 13th season start at $179 and include significant benefits such as an opportunity to purchase as many as 12 additional tickets to the June 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "Quaker State 400" before they go on sale to the general public.(Kentucky Speedway)(11-26-2011)
Kentucky adds second Nationwide race in 2012: Kentucky Speedway announced its 2012 schedule will feature five NASCAR-sanctioned events highlighted by the return of the Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 in June and the addition of a second 300-mile Nationwide Series race in September. The Quaker State 400 is slotted one week earlier on the Sprint Cup Series schedule on Saturday, June 30. The second series event in track history will serve as the finale to a tripleheader weekend that also includes the NNS Feed The Children 300 on Friday, June 29 and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225 on Thursday, June 28. The newly-awarded, Saturday, Sept. 22 NNS race will close out the speedway's fall weekend that opens with a 225-mile NCWTS event on Friday, Sept. 21.(Kentucky Speedway)(10-15-2011)
Kentucky Speedway gets 2012 Sprint Cup race date: NASCAR's Sprint Cup racing series will return to the Kentucky Speedway. Track officials revealed Tuesday that on June 30, 2012 the track will host its next major race. Before a State Senate Transportation Committee Tuesday, Mark Simendinger, the track's general manager said NASCAR is satisfied scenes like what happened earlier this summer won't happen again. However, the senators had plenty of tough questions of their own. Among the thousands of people who got tied up in traffic on the way to the Kentucky Speedway's inaugural Sprint Cup race was State Senator Bob Leeper (I-Paducah). "I was one of those people," Leeper said. "I have my tickets here." Simendinger once again took full responsibility for the traffic mess. "We do not want to have this issue again," Simendinger said. "I can't stress that to you guys enough." Simendinger said the track and state transportation officials think they can avoid similar parking and traffic problems in the future with planned improvements - more parking, more lanes and better traffic flow. "I want enough parking, enough lanes, I want them moving fast enough so that, and we didn't build this track and we're not spending all this money to just be ok," said Simendinger. It's not just the Speedway spending money. Improvements also come at an almost $4 million price tag to the state and that brought the most criticism from senators. Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock told senators that the cabinet's main concern is keeping I-71 moving and the state was going to have to spend the money to do that on NASCAR weekends. Simendinger said the state improvements were part of the plan the Speedway pitched to NASCAR before NASCAR agreed Kentucky could have another Sprint Cup race next year.(Wave News)(9-7-2011)
Kentucky Speedway buying land for more parking UPDATE: The rows of tobacco and corn growing on land across from Kentucky Speedway will be replaced next year by rows of cars. This week the speedway bought a large tract near Ky. 35 in Gallatin County from Jo Wischer. The 84-year-old Florence resident wouldn't talk Thursday about how much the speedway paid - which according to a deed filed with the Gallatin County Clerk's office was $1.5 million - for the "couple hundred acres," but said she knows how it intends to use the property. "The speedway will be taking care of parking with it," Wischer said. A fleet of earth-moving equipment was staged next to the weather-beaten tobacco barn on the 219-acre property formerly owned by Wischer. The tract includes 144 acres north of Interstate 71. Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger declined comment Thursday except to say that details would be forthcoming next week.(Cincinnati Enquirer)(8-27-2011)
UPDATE: Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) announced the acquisition of a 143-acre parcel of land that will be used to greatly expand Kentucky Speedway parking and the hiring of professional parking and engineering services to best manage automotive and pedestrian traffic flows during venue event days. Because of the actions taken by the Speedway, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) pledged to improve surrounding highways to allow faster access to expanded parking areas. "We learned meaningful lessons during our inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend and we committed that the traffic congestion that occurred on race day would not happen again. It was important for us to act quickly and I am thrilled to report this solution, which was formed in only seven short weeks. I compliment and thank SMI Chairman and CEO Bruton Smith, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and KYTC Sec. Mike Hancock for working collaboratively on this plan," Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said. The expansive parcel located east of the 107,000 capacity facility and state Highway 35 is expected to increase available event parking by 35 percent. The speedway will further improve its parking operation by reinforcing all areas with gravel and painting guidelines to help maximize available space. Veteran's Security and Patrol Co., which has extensive experience managing parking during events at prominent motorsports venues such as Daytona International Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Watkins Glen International, will begin servicing the speedway in October. Kentucky Speedway will additionally retain the services of a traffic engineering company that will employ sophisticated modeling techniques to assimilate the new improvements with existing infrastructure to create the best possible traffic management plan. SMI will invest an estimated $7.5 million in its service and parking improvements. The company has already begun engineering the newly-acquired land.
"Kentucky Speedway is a premier destination for the country's best racing, and it's clear that tens of thousands of people want to be right here to experience those events. The NASCAR race weekend this July was a huge success, but it did experience traffic problems, caused largely by inadequate parking," said Gov. Beshear. "To assure visitors have an even better experience next year, we've worked hand in hand with SMI to plan improvements that will benefit fans on race day and Gallatin County residents year-round." The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) complemented the SMI commitments by approving several enhancements to existing infrastructure that will assist in moving traffic more quickly during future race events.
· Improve the Interstate 71 Exit 57 southbound ramp shoulder to allow three lanes of traffic to exit to KY 35 and directly access staggered speedway entrances during event days;
· Improve nearly one mile of KY 35 from the I-71 interchange. Approximately 0.6 of a mile of KY 35 will be widened to five lanes with two full width shoulders to better service two primary speedway access roads and improve daily traffic flow to Warsaw;
· Construct a tunnel beneath state KY 35 to safely and efficiently route pedestrian traffic to shuttles which transport fans to speedway gates.
The Cabinet will support the $3.6 million project with its contingency fund, and plans to present the project for bid by the end of 2011 to ensure work will be complete before the summer of 2012.(Kentucky Speedway)(8-30-2011)
NASCAR working on Kentucky traffic issues: UPDATE: NASCAR president Mike Helton says the traffic gridlock at the inaugural Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky is a "very serious issue" that must be corrected. Speaking Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Helton says NASCAR is working with Kentucky Speedway officials to find out why fans were stuck in traffic for hours as they tried to get into Saturday night's race at the track in Sparta, Ky. Helton says NASCAR "won't rest" until it figures out what went wrong and how to correct the problems. Many fans say once they got to the gate, they were turned away by police because the track had run out of parking spaces.(Associated Press/ESPN.com)(7-15-2011)
UPDATE: Burton Smith, the head of the company which owns Kentucky Speedway, and NASAR president Mike Helton talked about the traffic problems which boiled over at the track last weekend during separate meetings with the media Friday. Both said the problems will be fixed, but the tones of the two executives were markedly different in tone. Smith was defiant and combatitive with in his press conference. Smith did apologize but said no cash refunds will be made to disgruntled fans by the track would participate in a ticket exchange. "We had a traffic problem," Smith, founder of Speedway Motorsports Inc., said, "we didn't have a seat problem. Other than that, I think everything was fantastic." Smith said the problem rested not solely with Kentucky Speedway. He said Interstate 71, the main highway to the track, was to blame. He also the the company he hired to park cars did "a lousy job".(Racin' Today)(7-15-2011)
Kentucky Speedway Apologizes to Fans, Ticket Exchange: Kentucky Speedway, which is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports, Inc., today issued the following statement regarding the fan experience at Saturday's "Quaker State 400."
"To those fans that were not able to attend the Quaker State 400, we offer our sincerest apologies," said Mark Simendinger, general manager, Kentucky Speedway. "We'd also like to apologize to all of our fans who endured challenging conditions during our event weekend. As we said earlier, we're committed to working with NASCAR, state and local officials and traffic experts to address Saturday's traffic issues to ensure that we never have this type of experience again."
"I would like to apologize on behalf of Speedway Motorsports to the fans who had tickets, yet due to logistical issues, were not able to attend the inaugural Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway," said Marcus Smith, president and chief operating officer of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. "For those fans with tickets who were unable to attend Saturday night's event, we will honor their ticket at any remaining 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at a Speedway Motorsports facility or the 2012 Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway.
"Our company has always been about enhancing the fan experience with first-class amenities and putting fans first. I feel terrible for the fans that had a bad experience at Kentucky Speedway and we are asking that they give us a chance to make it up to them. We are very thankful for the overwhelming fan support we had for this inaugural event. We learned some valuable lessons this past weekend and will do everything in our power to make sure we don't have these issues again."
The ticket exchange is good for the following events at Speedway Motorsports facilities while supplies last at each respective venue:
July 17 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Aug. 27 - Bristol Motor Speedway
Sept. 4 - Atlanta Motor Speedway
Sept. 25 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Oct. 15 - Charlotte Motor Speedway
Nov. 6 - Texas Motor Speedway
2012 - Kentucky Speedway
In addition to the ticket exchange, Kentucky Speedway will issue these fans an equal quantity of tickets to either its Oct. 1 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 225-mile race or Oct. 2 IZOD IndyCar Series 300-mile event. For information on ticket exchange and redemption, fans should only contact the Kentucky Speedway ticket office at 859-578-2300 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.(Kentucky Speedway)(7-11-2011)
Statement from NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France: "While NASCAR was thrilled by the incredible response to our inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Kentucky, we also are extremely disappointed by the traffic problems and inconveniences endured by fans who wanted to be part of our races at Kentucky Speedway. NASCAR will be in close communications with Kentucky Speedway and Speedway Motorsports Inc. to see that they work to resolve the issues. This situation cannot happen again."(NASCAR) see many articles links posts July 10th & 11th on my Article Links page.(7-11-2011)
Statement from Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger regarding traffic for the Quaker State 400: "We've had an overwhelming response to our inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "Quaker State 400." We know we had challenges related to traffic. We're already planning improvements and looking forward to a much better situation for next year's event.(7-10-2011)
UPDATE Statement from Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger regarding Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "Quaker State 400" traffic: "Kentucky Speedway regrets the traffic conditions surrounding the 'Quaker State 400.' We're committed to working with NASCAR, state and local officials and traffic experts to assure that this never happens again. The details of these improvements will be announced over time as they are formulated. We also recognize the traffic problems resulted in some fans not being able to attend the 'Quaker State 400.' We are gathering information on this and will announce a policy for these affected fans within seven days. Our 'Quaker State 400' ticket holders are invited to share their experiences with us through email@example.com. We thank all our fans for giving the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series such a great welcome to our venue."(KYS)(7-11-2011)
Kentucky Gov. to work with speedway to address traffic: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said Sunday he will work with officials at Kentucky Speedway to address the traffic flow and parking problems that plagued Saturday's Quaker State 400. A bottleneck traffic jam at Interstate 71's Exit 57 onto Ky. 35, the road that runs by the track, left thousands stuck in traffic for six hours in many cases and ultimately too late to see the race. Many ticket holders also said they were turned away when they eventually arrived after the race began because there was no more parking left at the track. "There is no question that the entire week at the Kentucky Speedway was a big success, but it's also clear that there are issues, such as traffic flow, which must be addressed before next year's event," Beshear said in a statement. "We will work with track officials to determine what can be done to address these problems, so that next year's NASCAR event will be even bigger and better." Beshear said it was too early to tell whether the state would get involved in a major expansion or renovation of the interstate near the track. That is the hope, though, of Bruton Smith, the chairman of the track's ownership group, who said during the race that the state would need to step up in fixing the interstate.(full article at the Lexington Herald-Leader)(7-11-2011)
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