Kentucky Speedway's Ford fleet recently worked tire rubber into the newly expanded Kentucky Highway 35 by taking a seven-wide test drive.

The wider highway will help Kentucky Speedway manage event traffic flows to its expansive new parking fields on 170 acres of land as well as the original lots which surround the 107,000 seat facility.

Other improvements that will benefit Kentucky Speedway guests this season include a wider ramp at Interstate 71 Exit 57, a new tunnel that will connect new parking fields to the speedway property and an infield tunnel road overpass that will allow tram traffic to smoothly flow on event days.

Kentucky Speedway also has improved its campsites and repurposed portions of its acreage for parking. In total, the speedway will be able to utilize more than 300 acres of new parking during the 2012 season.

The speedway's 13th season will open June 28-30 with a tripleheader NASCAR weekend anchored by the Sprint Cup Series "Quaker State 400." Country music hitmaker Chris Young will be in concert before the "Quaker State 400" green flag and those who purchase Fan Zone passes will be able to enjoy the performance from a special area in front of the stage.

Opening weekend begins with the Thursday night Camping World Truck Series "UNOH 225" and will continue with the Friday prime-time Nationwide Series "Feed The Children 300."

Tickets, Fan Zone passes and campsites can be purchased by clicking "Tickets" and "Camping" in the top navigation bar of this Web site or by calling 859-578-2300.

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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