Campground opens for NASCAR race at Kentucky Speedway

SPARTA, KY (FOX19) - Campers arrived in RVs and pitched tents at the campground at Kentucky Speedway Tuesday in preparation for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Quaker State 400 this Saturday.

The campground opened at noon for anyone who wanted to get an early start on tailgating. Campers will spend five days outside the track, in what they call their little NASCAR city.

"It's like a small city...everybody's got their favorites. Whether the good guy wins or the bad guy wins, it doesn't matter...any day away from work is a good day of racing," one person at Kentucky Speedway said.

4,000 spots were reserved for campers this week on the grounds of the Kentucky Speedway. That covers 150 acres of land. Inside the track, 600 more spots have been reserved.

"You'll get really close to people that are here, and it's a blessing that this part of the state got a race," said a camper.

The cars won't start arriving until Wednesday and the drivers won't be there until Thursday.

Tickets for the grandstand are sold out, but standing room tickets are still available.

This is the inaugural Sprint Cup race at the Speedway.

More information camping at the Kentucky Speedway is available at

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