SPARTA, Ky. - The Quaker State 400 NASCAR race at Kentucky Speedway is a little more than two months away. By then, track officials are banking on all access and parking upgrades to be finished and ready to serve the thousands of race fans that will be in attendance.
While the inaugural running of the race itself went off without any flaws last July, there were many, many complaints from fans that had trouble getting to the track. Sitting in traffic for hours on roads leading to the track wasn't out of the norm. Once fans did get into areas around the track, there was no where to park due to lack of space.
Track officials at Kentucky Speedway quickly decided something had to be done. The purchase of land across Kentucky Highway 35 from the track that will be used for parking is under construction. The re-design of original parking areas have also been taken care of. In total, 326 acres of new parking will accommodate 12,000 to nearly 19,000 vehicles.
The completion of a new overpass to the infield tunnel road that separates the tram traffic and infield traffic is in its final stage.
There is also a new pedestrian tunnel that will allow those parking on the other side of KY-35 to safely walk to the Kentucky Speedway facility.
The upgrades will be shown off during Kentucky Speedway's Ford Fan Day on April, 28. This event will allow fans to tour the garages, media center and many other areas of the speedway. The event, which is free, runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger will be the guest of John Popovich this Sunday on Meijer Sports Of All Sorts starting at 11:35 p.m. on Channel 9.
Click on the video player to see some of the work that has been done at the Speedway.