Beshear points to parking woes at speedway

Beshear points to parking woes at speedway

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Kyle Busch, bottom, leads the field across the starting line to begin the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky., Saturday, July 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Jonathan Palmer)

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Posted on July 12, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 12 at 2:03 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Gov. Steve Beshear is offering an assessment of the massive traffic jam that marred Kentucky's long-awaited entry into NASCAR's top series.
  

The governor said Tuesday that parking problems were a big contributor to the traffic backups last Saturday night that prevented some fans from reaching Kentucky Speedway in time for the Sprint Cup race. Beshear said additional lanes on Interstate 71 near the track would have probably caused longer logjams.
  

Beshear is forming a team of state officials to meet with track leaders soon to look for ways to avoid the bottlenecks next year.
  

Beshear's Republican opponent in the governor's race, David Williams, has called for legislative hearings. Beshear said a legislative review is fine, but said his efforts are aimed at helping track officials resolve the problems.
  

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