The Cincinnati Enquirers Kevin Kelly recently reported NASCAR officials approve of the progress being made on Kentucky Speedway improvement projects in preparation of the June 28-30 tripleheader race weekend that will feature the Sprint Cup Series "Quaker State 400."

"We are pleased and encouraged with the commitment and the work that has been done by the state and the speedway to help improve the traffic flow situation," NASCAR Senior Director of Competition Communications said. "We have had consistent dialog with them about the need for improvement, and all of us look forward to a successful weekend of NASCAR racing in June."

Kentucky Speedway and Speedway Motorsports, Inc., purchased 170 acres of land east of the facility that will be used for parking and has added a total of more than 300 acres of new parking that can accommodate 20,000 vehicles.

In addition, the Commonwealth of Kentucky widened Kentucky Highway 35 from five to seven lanes at points where it services the speedway, added a lane to Interstate 71 Exit 57 and constructed a tunnel beneath Ky. Hwy. 35 that will connect the new parking areas to the original speedway property.

The speedway also recently completed construction on a new overpass to the road which leads to its infield to enable free fan shuttles to travel continuous routes on race days.

Race tickets, daily infield Fan Zone passes and campsites can be purchased through the tickets pages of this Web site, by calling 859-578-2300 or visiting the Kentucky Speedway corporate offices at 1 Speedway Drive, Sparta, Ky., 41086 just off of Interstate 71 Exit 57 and the seven-lane Kentucky Hwy. 35 north.

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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