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Kentucky Speedway makes final preparations ahead of Quaker State 400

Crews working to sanitize spaces for COVID-19
Posted at 7:53 PM, Jul 08, 2020

SPARTA, Ky. — It's gearing up to be a busy weekend of racing at Kentucky Speedway starting Thursday night as the Quaker State 400 revs up race fans of all ages.

Preparations are already well underway at the track, and race officials are taking extra precautions to make spaces safe for drivers, crews and fans.

In one part of the infield, crews painted the race logo on the grass. Just a few hundred feet away, other crews sprayed a much different substance in garages to disinfect ahead of a busy race weekend.

"We're gonna atomize all the square footage of this building to ensure it's been properly decontaminated,” said Jim Morgan, General Manager of Clean Harbors Environmental Services.

His team sprayed a solution that destroys surface contaminants including COVID-19. For Kentucky Speedway’s General Manager Mark Simendinger, it’s not a typical racetrack sight.

"It's a little unnerving to see people in full PPE suits like that cleaning things, and it's a little unnerving for all of us to be here and me to be doing an interview with a mask on,” Simendinger said.

They'll do the same thing between each race this weekend, part of the new standard and a big part of what makes racing possible during the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information on the Quaker State 400 presented by WalMart July 9-12, click here.