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(Sparta, Ky.) – The influx of tourists and race fans are already making their presence felt in northern Kentucky ahead of a big weekend of racing at the Kentucky Speeway.
The track in Sparta hosts the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225 Thursday and the Nationwide Series Feed the Children 300 Friday. The first two races build up to the speedway’s first-ever Spring Cup Series race, the Quaker State 400, on Saturday.
With 107,000 grandstand tickets for the Saturday race selling out last week, track officials say they are ready for the crowd. They have planned for the race for months, making sure everything from port-a-potties to traffic plans are in place.
“Our packed stands will combine with overflowing corporate display, hospitality and camping to create an electric atmosphere as we make Kentucky sports history,” Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said.
Race fans are already camping out at the track. Campgrounds there opened Tuesday.
About 200 private flights carrying drivers, team owners, sponsors and others are expected at the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport. The airport has reopened Concourse C to handle the bump in traffic.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has halted summertime construction on interstates 71, 75, 275, and 471. People attending any of the three races can find traffic information from the speedway at http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com/fans/fan-guide.aspx?traffic=1.
All the excitement comes with the added benefit of boosting area businesses. State officials say the race will have an economic impact of $150 million in Kentucky.
Whether you are going to the race or not, you can hear all three Kentucky Speedway races Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings on Eagle 99.3.