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Ticket holders turned away at Kentucky Speedway

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11:13 AM ET 07.10 | Kentucky Speedway's inaugural Sprint Cup race was a sellout. But there were ticket holders for the race who never got to see Kyle Busch claim the victory in the Quaker State 400. Why? An untold number of fans were turned away from the track Saturday night as traffic problems caused by the more than 100,000 fans backed up Interstate 71 for several hours. Halfway through the race, fans were cars still trying to get to the track but were turned away. Officers had to change the traffic pattern to an outbound flow to get fans back out after the race.

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July 10, 2011  11:17 AM ET

Nice job Nascar, fans pay an average of $125 per ticket to watch a race and aren't allowed in. And you wonder why you are losing fans?????

July 10, 2011  11:46 AM ET

umm...I'm pretty sure "NASCAR" had nothing to do with turning the fans away. It was the ridiculously gridlocked highways and the law enforcement agencies charged with controlling them that made this happen.

Besides, what did they miss? The most boring, dull race in a decade. And that is saying something.

July 10, 2011  12:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

umm...I'm pretty sure "NASCAR" had nothing to do with turning the fans away. It was the ridiculously gridlocked highways and the law enforcement agencies charged with controlling them that made this happen.Besides, what did they miss? The most boring, dull race in a decade. And that is saying something.

Have to agree, I read alittle while looking up at the race, Saturdays might have been better. I felt sorry for Morgan Shepherd, who probably needs to retire.

July 10, 2011  03:15 PM ET
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Besides, what did they miss? The most boring, dull race in a decade. And that is saying something.

yep.. it didnt live up to the hype, thats for sure

July 10, 2011  03:20 PM ET

The race was a yawner, no doubt about that. As for the traffic, that's a local problem. They better do a lot better next year. Do you think maybe Jerry Jones had anything to do with it?

July 10, 2011  04:16 PM ET

http://bit.ly/n2NfAv

how pissed would you be?

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July 10, 2011  06:04 PM ET

They will learn they can't leave an hour before the race and expect 100K people to go parking all at once. I remember going up Michigan ave. for the race at MIS, and the last 20 miles were stop and go through small towns on a two lane blacktop.

July 10, 2011  06:09 PM ET

Kentucky Disaster what a frigging mess.

http://tiny.cc/nl31h

July 10, 2011  08:52 PM ET

Oh oh!! -- you'all sure Jerry Jones doesn't own this place ... sounds like the same crap he pulled in Dallas ...

July 10, 2011  10:07 PM ET
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Kentucky Disaster what a frigging mess.http://tiny.cc/nl31h

i see what you did there

July 10, 2011  10:33 PM ET
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i see what you did there

??????? What

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July 10, 2011  11:14 PM ET
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All I see is SLY1 offered up a different news piece. So?

it just happened to include some dale jr content.. LOL

July 10, 2011  11:42 PM ET

Dale who?? LOL

July 10, 2011  11:56 PM ET
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I remember the first few Nascar races at NHIS and the traffic issues the fans had to deal with. It was a nightmare. While the track had been hosting motorcycle races since the dawn of time and open wheel races for a few years to that point, it had not had to deal with the crowd sizes that Nascar brought. It took a few years for not only the local and state police, but the fans as well to figure out how to make things run as smoothly as possible.It's still a slow process to get out of the facility at the end of the race(smart folks just fire up the grill & eat some more grub, the really smart ones don't park on the track grounds at all), but it is ten times better than when they started.

Been there, done that, the traffic was a big problem in the beginning but as you said, they got a handle on it after a while. When I go to Richmond, we go early and have no problem. A bit later in the day and it's horrible as the track is in the middle of a residential area. Narrow streets and no possibility to change it.

July 11, 2011  09:02 AM ET

The attack of the Spam.

July 11, 2011  09:14 AM ET
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it just happened to include some dale jr content.. LOL

Whats wrong with Jr now,, SVT ???,

 
July 11, 2011  09:16 AM ET
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Whats wrong with Jr now,, SVT ???,

evidently you haven't taken the time to look at my profile pics, try it, you'll like it.

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