Thousands of race fans visited Kentucky Speedway to enjoy behind-the-scenes track tours, U.S. Legends International Racing, live music, food and interactive displays during Ford Fan Day.

"We're big race fans, so this was a good day for my husband and me to visit, see everything and watch some short track racing. Our kids had a lot to do, too. We're really looking forward to coming back in June for the Cup race," said Amy of Crittenden, Ky.

One of the most popular stops on the tram tour was the new parking fields carved from 170 acres of newly acquired land adjacent to the speedway and Kentucky Hwy. 35. Gravel has been compacted on a majority of the acreage, which helped curious fans visualize the many ways the improvement will affect NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "Quaker State 400" traffic on Saturday, June 30.

"The track has come a long way since the inaugural (Quaker State 400) race. They've done a great job. The (parking) expansion across the street should help traffic a bunch.

"This facility has always been great, the track is great and the racing's great. They've done a good job addressing everything that needed to be addressed," said Bill from Reading, Ohio.

Fans also enjoyed visits and photos in Victory Lane, Fire and Safety Team demonstrations on pit road along with question and answer sessions with speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger and local race media.

Tickets, daily infield Fan Zone Passes, and campsites for the season opening tripleheader "Quaker State 400" weekend that also features the June 29 NASCAR Nationwide Series "Feed The Children 300" and June 28 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series "UNOH 255" can be purchased on the tickets page of this Web site, by phone at 859-578-2300 and by visiting the Kentucky Speedway corporate offices at 1 Speedway Drive, Sparta, Ky., 41086.

What fans said in the news about Ford Fan Day

"To come down here and see everything, it is kind of neat. I think it gives people a chance to see it, if maybe they're on the fence about buying tickets or coming down. I think it's going to make a big difference." - Kevin - Cincinnati

"A lot of the parking area, they've done a lot. I was just in a meeting with the general manager and he said they've hired a completely new parking staff, so that's going to help a lot, and a lot more uniformed police officers. Easy access and good side-by-side racing is what it means to me." - Mark - Louisville, Ky.

"I'm impressed with what they've done with it this year." - William "I think they're gonna figure things out. I think it will be much better this year. I'd attempt it this year, compared to last." - Clifton - Cincinnati

"With what they've done with buying up the property and making additional parking, it's eliminated some of the problems they had last year. I think they're going in the right direction to get the fans to be a little bit happier." - Kim

"It looks like they're doing really good so far. They've made a lot of changes -- a lot of good things going on here." - Jay

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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