SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — That traffic isn't a concern for this weekend's NASCAR races tells Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger how well his track and state authorities worked to improve things last year.
There was certainly room to grow after horrific gridlock marred the inaugural Sprint Cup Series race here two years ago. Race fans and driver Denny Hamlin complained of crawling for hours along Interstate 71, and thousands never made it into the 107,000-seat track.
Entry and exit was a breeze last June following $11 million in upgrades and a traffic plan advising commercial drivers to instead use Interstates 64 and 75 between Cincinnati and Louisville. Kentucky State Police said Monday the plan would be used again this year, and Simendinger is confident that journeys will be even smoother the third time around.