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NASCAR President Mike Helton Addresses Kentucky Speedway Traffic Woes

Quaker State 400
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NASCAR president Mike Helton finally broke his silence Friday on the traffic issues experienced at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta before, during, and after last Saturday night’s first Sprint Cup Series race at the track, the Quaker State 400.  Although the race sold out, many fans had to wait several hours in gridlock traffic to make it to the track and when some reached the track, no parking was available and they had to be turned away. 

I recall seeing some listener Facebook posts about the race and at least one was unable to make it in.  The problem is being looked at by NASCAR and the KY legislature will hold a hearing in September to see what can be done to avoid these traffic problems on I-71 in the future.  Kentucky Speedway issued an apology and statement earlier this week, and they will be offering ticket exchanges to upcoming Sprint Cup races as well as exhanges for next year’s Sparta event.

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