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SPARTA, KY - JULY 09: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on July 9, 2011 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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SPARTA, KY - JULY 09: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on July 9, 2011 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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SPARTA, KY - JULY 09: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on July 9, 2011 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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SPARTA, KY - JULY 09: Fireworks explode after Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on July 9, 2011 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Beshear points to parking woes at speedway

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear is offering an assessment of the massive traffic jam that marred Kentucky's long-awaited entry into NASCAR's top series.

The governor said Tuesday that parking problems were a big contributor to the traffic backups last Saturday night that prevented some fans from reaching Kentucky Speedway in time for the Sprint Cup race. Beshear said additional lanes on Interstate 71 near the track would have probably caused longer logjams.

Beshear is forming a team of state officials to meet with track leaders soon to look for ways to avoid the bottlenecks next year.

Beshear's Republican opponent in the governor's race, David Williams, has called for legislative hearings. Beshear said a legislative review is fine, but said his efforts are aimed at helping track officials resolve the problems.

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