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Weekend NASCAR traffic debacle ruins fan's birthday plans

Devon and Curt Goldson, of Lockland, are two of many people who are disappointed and upset about Saturday's heavy traffic at Kentucky Speedway for the inaugural Sprint Cup race.

"It wasn't just a couple of people," lamented Devon Goldson of Lockland, OH. "It was thousands of people that didn't make it "

"I would rather sit home and watch it on TV," said her husband Curt. "Where I know I ain't gotta sit in traffic."

Monday, a Kentucky Senator said he'll be putting together a team from Transportation and Tourism to meet with Speedway officials and local leaders to see what they can do to help.

This comes after hundreds of complaints from angry NASCAR fans who were stuck in traffic for hours Saturday, or missed the race completely.

Senator David Williams, who is the Republican Candidate for Governor this November said he was among the thousands stuck in traffic and was also denied entry to the track.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear pledged his assistance.

Senator Williams said the State Transportation Committee will hold Legislative hearings beginning in September.

Thousands of NASCAR fans never made it to the race.

In fact, several spent hours on the interstate, just trying to make it to the Speedway.

The split at I-71/I-75 turned into a giant parking lot.

Imagine having tickets for the race, in your hands since your birthday back in March. You've waited for months for the big day, but then spent hours and hours waiting and waiting some more, but never made it off of Interstate 71.

They are the four words Curt Goldson never thought he'd ever have to acknowledge on his ticket receipt.

"No refunds, no exchanges," the tickets clearly read. It's printed right on top on his two tickets, which like him and his wife Devon, never made it inside the Kentucky Speedway.

"After this weekend, very sad," Curt Goldson said. "Because it was my birthday gift."

His wife Devon had caught the NASCAR rush years ago in Daytona.

"If you're a NASCAR fan," she said. "You'll never forget the experience."

And she wanted to surprise her husband with the same excitement closer to home.

"We couldn't even make it to the parking lot," said Curt.

In fact, they never left the interstate.

"People were standing out on I-71 throwing footballs," Devon said. "With traffic backed-up all the way to the I-71/I-75 split.

"We both finally said, let's go, it's not worth it," Curt said.

"I think that Kentucky Speedway needs to reimburse people for this considering, that it was the first event for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and they were very unorganized," Devon said. "I think that they had too much going on there for the entire weekend."

The Speedway has announced a ticket exchange (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS).

Mike Devore, of St. Louis, Missouri, was one of the lucky ones who got in early and his only complaint?

"Awesome weekend," he said. "But the bathrooms weren't that great."

"You miss 30 or 40 laps to go to the bathroom," he said with all seriousness. "It's a big deal."

"Didn't know we was gonna sit this long," said Mark Waters, who sat in traffic longer than it took him and his family to get there on the back roads from Lexington. He said they got very little direction once they got close to the track.

"It'd be nice if we had some signs that said we're gonna go into some gate or whatever," he lamented.

The Goldsons said it's one thing if it was just a couple of people, but it was thousands of people who didn't make it to the race.

Curt said no more races down in Kentucky. He said he's done and said it's not worth it, that he would rather sit home and watch it on TV, where its cool and quiet and no traffic. 

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