(Sparta, Ky.) - The Kentucky Speedway is trying to make it up to fans who waited in hours and hours of traffic and still did not get to see Saturday’s Quaker State 400.
It was supposed to be a historic moment for the track hosting its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, but many fans have come away with bad memories of being stranded in the parking lot that was Interstate 71 in either direction towards the track. The backup stretched nearly 20 miles.
"To those fans that were not able to attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, we offer our sincerest apologies," said the track’s general manager, Mark Simendinger.
Simendinger says those fans will be able to attend any other Sprint Cup race this season at a Speedway Motorsports, Inc.-owned track.
Those races include:
July 17 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway
August 27 – Bristol Motor Speedway
September 4 – Atlanta Motor Speedway
September 25 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway
October 15 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
November 6 – Texas Motor Speedway
The hard-luck fans may also trade the ticket for Kentucky Speedway’s Camping World Truck Series race October 1, the IZOD IndyCar Series on October 2, or next year’s Quaker State 400.
Fans can exchange tickets for remaining SMI events and receive tickets for either Kentucky Speedway October event by mailing their Kentucky Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event tickets to:
c/o Ticket Office
1 Speedway Drive
Sparta, Ky. 41086
Fans mailing tickets will be contacted by a Kentucky Speedway ticket agent.
For information on ticket exchange and redemption, fans should only contact the Kentucky Speedway ticket office at 859-578-2300 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I feel terrible for the fans that had a bad experience at Kentucky Speedway and we are asking that they give us a chance to make it up to them,” said Simendinger.
Meanwhile, lawmakers at the Kentucky Statehouse and Governor Steve Beshear say the state will be involved in making sure the traffic nightmare does not occur in 2012.
Beshear said he will gather transportation and tourism officials, track organizers, as well as Kentucky State Police to look at ways to improve the situation.
Kentucky Senate President David Williams announced Monday there will be legislative hearings on the issue.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said the way traffic flow was designed around the track was not the problem, but rather the lack of parking both on- and off-site once those motorists arrived.
“We are very thankful for the overwhelming fan support we had for this inaugural event. We learned some valuable lessons this past weekend and will do everything in our power to make sure we don't have these issues again,” Simendinger said.