National Weather Service Certifies Kentucky Speedway as StormReady Supporter
The National Weather Service (NWS) has recognized Kentucky Speedway as a StormReady Supporter for outdoor venues. Talladega Superspeedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway are the only other speedways to earn the recognition.
Under the direction of Fire and Safety Team Manager Tony Morgan, Kentucky Speedway regularly participates in activities that promote severe weather safety awareness. The speedway began its recognition process in 2010 and met several NWS requirements to become a StormReady Supporter.
The speedway met StormReady Supporter guidelines by creating NWS-compliant event and non-event emergency action plans, placing weather alert monitors throughout the facility, establishing monitoring locations and conducting a site visit with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Kentucky Speedway staff participated were trained in a NWS weather spotter program and are able to analyze radar. The speedway was approved by the NWS StormReady Advisory Board in Wilmington, Ohio.
"Guest safety is always our first priority. Our StormSafety training certainly bolsters our ability to conduct safe and entertaining events," Morgan said.
StormReady began in 1999 in Tulsa, Okla. The curriculum strengthens local safety programs by teaching community leaders and emergency managers the communications and safety skills necessary to save lives and property in advance of and during a severe weather event.
Kentucky contains 56 StormReady designations comprised of 44 counties, the Florence, Frankfort, Union and Walton communities along with Murray State Univ., the Univ. of Kentucky, the Univ. of Louisville, Western Kentucky Univ., Ft. Knox, Ft. Campbell, Carter Caves State Park and Greenbo Lake State Resort Park. There are an additional 42 StormReady Supporters throughout the commonwealth. Nationwide, a combined 270 venues, businesses and universities have earned the StormReady designation.
Kentucky Speedway opens its season with a NASCAR tripleheader featuring the Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 June 29. The third NSCS event in the 107,000-seat facility's history includes a race-day concert with platinum-selling country music artist Billy Currington. The 400-mile battle will be the finale to tripleheader race weekend that also features the June 28 NASCAR Nationwide Series Feed The Children 300 and June 27 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225.
Tickets, infield Fan Zone passes that provide a stage-side view of Currington’s concert and more, along with campsites are on sale now at http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com. Tickets also can be purchased by phone at (859) 578-2300 or by visiting the Kentucky Speedway offices at 1 Speedway Drive, Sparta, Ky., 41086 Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.