COURTING THE NASCAR WINSTON CUP Gov. Paul E. Patton, Jerry Carroll and Darrell Waltrip Discuss NASCAR Winston Cup And Kentucky Speedway
Kentucky Speedway™ Co-Owner and Chairman Jerry Carroll, NASCAR legend and Speedway Consultant Darrell Waltrip and Kentucky Gov. Paul E. Patton met recently to discuss the possibility of attracting a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race to the $152-million, state-of-the-art Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky.
Gov. Patton reviewed his state's progress on $131.5 million in completed and scheduled interstate and road improvement projects that will benefit Gallatin County residents and businesses, including Kentucky Speedway.
One project that will impact the speedway is the completion of the new Interstate 71 Exit 55. The exit is scheduled to open in May 2002, prior to the speedway's first racing events May 10-11. The "Kentucky Speedway/Kentucky Route 39" interchange will connect to the southwest side of the speedway property. Both entities will improve the traffic flow around the speedway.
Carroll and Waltrip discussed the speedway's chances of hosting a future NASCAR Winston Cup Series date. "NASCAR has filled its slots for the next year (2002) with a couple of other new tracks, but I feel good about 2003," Waltrip said.
Kentucky Speedway's attendance grew 20 percent to 360,000 people in 2001. The speedway's June 16, 2001, "Outback Steakhouse 300" NASCAR Busch Series event set a Greater Cincinnati attendance record by drawing a standing-room-only sellout crowd of 70,338.
Season tickets for 2002 are on sale now and available by phone at 1-888-652-RACE and in person at the speedway's Ft. Mitchell ticket office at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Ste. 200. Fans also may order tickets by mail. A ticket order form is available by logging on to www.kentuckyspeedway.com. Single event tickets will be available beginning January 7, 2002.