Excitement builds at Kentucky Motor Speedway for inaugural NASCAR event

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by Christine Wright / Brooke Katz

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 8, 2011 at 11:58 PM

(WHAS11)  The excitement was building all day long, but while the fans and many of the drivers were ready to get tomorrow going, there are some who were not so happy with the track.

The roar of the engines and the smell of tires filled the air around the Kentucky Motor Speedway.
“We just like to have great time, cook out; we got the greatest food out here,” said Bob Shirley, a race fan.  Joshua Oberer, another race fan more food said, “...more beer...more drinks...good time.”

Fans from across the United States all converged at the track for this inaugural NASCAR event.  “We’ve been here for about 10 years now, waiting for a NASCAR race, that’s why we’re here,” said Oberer.

The drivers are also gearing up for the big race on Saturday, but some of them are less than thrilled with the track.  There are those tracks that absolutely have to be repaved, but Kentucky Speedway officials say most of the drivers see the track as a challenge; one they are glad to take on and one the fans are more than happy to watch.

“Bruton Smith has done a great job with this place; he’s marvelous,” said Shirley.  But perhaps one of the biggest fans of the day was Governor Steve Beshear, who proclaimed this week NASCAR Week in Kentucky.
 

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