Kentucky Speedway bets on big changes to improve race day

SPARTA, KY (FOX19) - Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is betting on this year's 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to shine a new light on The Kentucky Speedway's improvements.

After a traffic nightmare in 2011, the speedway has added 15,000 to 20,000 new parking spaces, 100 camping spots, more restrooms and changed the infrastructure to get to the track.

Kentucky Highway 35, the main portal to the track, was widened to five lanes and can expand to seven if needed on race day.

The speedway also added a pedestrian tunnel for race fans to safely walk underneath KY-35 to get to the track.

Getting to KY-35 should also be easier along Interstate 71 with a third exit lane along the off ramp.

"All of those improvements are going to make moving traffic considerably easier," says Beshear.

Motor Speedway Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith says it was a lot of work but necessary to make the speedway more fan friendly.

"We made a lot of promises to all of you and we're going to prove to you today that we have fulfilled all of these promises," says Smith.

The Sprint Cup Series kicks of June 28 and runs through June 30.

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