Kudos to Kentucky Speedway

Cars race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on June 30, 2012 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Cars race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on June 30, 2012 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images for NASCAR)

They said they’d fix it and it appears that Kentucky Motor Speedway has done just that.  After a disastrous inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup race last year, an event that came to be known as ‘Carmageddon’ due to horrendous traffic problems, Speedway officials led by Speedway Motorsports Chairman Bruton Smith, along with state officials vowed to address and fix the problems.

It would seem after this past Saturday night they have accomplished just that. No there were not as many fans as last year, but the fans that did attend found few problems with traffic and parking leaving more time to enjoy the NASCAR experience.

Last season many fans never made it to the Speedway; some even turned around and headed home.  But Smith and the Speedway worked with local and State officials buying land for more parking, widening expressway ramps, building a pedestrian tunnel and using Kentucky State Troopers to direct traffic instead of a private company. MORE>>>

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.