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Smith: 'We don't want to' refund Kentucky tickets

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10:14 AM ET 07.16 | Bruton Smith was in New Hampshire, but the conversation remained fixed on Kentucky. In a sometimes contentious news conference Friday afternoon, Smith, whose Speedway Motorsports Inc. owns both the New Hampshire and Kentucky speedways, said he was "sincerely sorry" everyone didn't get into the Kentucky track in time to see its inaugural Sprint Cup Series race last Saturday night. Smith, however, said the track would not grant refunds to those who failed to get because of traffic problems. When asked why, Smith said: "We don't want to."

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July 16, 2011  10:25 AM ET

It was YOUR mess and you "don't want to" refund tickets???????

Perhaps fans should stay away from BOTH of your racetracks, moron!

July 16, 2011  10:38 AM ET

Kentucky and SMI are allowing fans turned away at the race to exchange their tickets for races at other SMI tracks, including those scheduled at Charlotte, New Hampshire, Bristol and Atlanta, or for tickets to next year???s Cup race at Kentucky

There is more to the story. Smith doesn't control what happens on the Interstate. When all is said and done the taxpayers will be on the hook for big construction costs. Smith has a meeting with the Governor of Kentucky and you can bet that Bruton will come out the winner.
He fared pretty well when he went up against the Chief of Police in Loudon last year.
Money talks. LOL

July 16, 2011  10:40 AM ET

The article went on to say that he was blaming everyone else. Blamed it on I-71, blamed the company he paid to park cars at the track and blamed the fans for leaving too late despite being told they needed to leave early.

July 16, 2011  10:40 AM ET
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Kentucky and SMI are allowing fans turned away at the race to exchange their tickets for races at other SMI tracks, including those scheduled at Charlotte, New Hampshire, Bristol and Atlanta, or for tickets to next year???s Cup race at KentuckyThere is more to the story. Smith doesn't control what happens on the Interstate. When all is said and done the taxpayers will be on the hook for big construction costs. Smith has a meeting with the Governor of Kentucky and you can bet that Bruton will come out the winner. He fared pretty well when he went up against the Chief of Police in Loudon last year.Money talks. LOL

I am of the opinion that Bruton Smith and Jerry Jones are working off the same sheet of music -- these "Great" mines should have seen this coming ...

July 16, 2011  10:46 AM ET

JK, you bring up some good points. You would have thought that Bruton would have thought a little better about where to build a track that was easier to get to with fewer lines to get in and out of after the race. The story I read this morning went on to say that the police turned fans away at the entrance to the parking lots because they were full so a lot of those fans turned around and went home. A lot of the blame should be shared with ol BS because he built the track where it is. He, along with local officials, could have done a study on potential traffic problems. Fans for the Indy 500 typically have to wait in lines to get to IMS and we're talking at least twice the size crowd than was at Kentucky. It's real easy for him to offer tickets at other SMI tracks, because if you look at the number of empty seats, he has plenty of tickets to give away. The local businesses of those tracks would love the extra people coming in and paying their high meal and lodging taxes.

July 16, 2011  11:02 AM ET

Naah naah, Grow up, ever heard of good-will? Bad advice.

July 16, 2011  01:40 PM ET

JK and RZ...good points.....spot on.
Calling Mr. BS a moron is also right on.

July 16, 2011  02:06 PM ET

dont want to refund tickets? wow........................

July 16, 2011  03:52 PM ET

Who is surprised about this? Bruton Smith has always been a dick.

July 16, 2011  04:27 PM ET
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Who is surprised about this? Bruton Smith has always been a dick.

yep, it would be entertaining if everyone boycotted the next kentucky race.. jokes on him

July 16, 2011  04:45 PM ET
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yep, it would be entertaining if everyone boycotted the next kentucky race.. jokes on him

Now that IS a GREAT Idea,, Im all for that one.

July 16, 2011  05:49 PM ET

so apparently mike helton told harvick if he touched kryle he would be parked..

what happened to boys have at it? probation is over.

hypocrites.

July 16, 2011  06:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Who is surprised about this? Bruton Smith has always been a dick.

a richard cranium

July 16, 2011  07:35 PM ET

Boycott all his tracks....

July 16, 2011  10:31 PM ET

Kyle wins another one.

July 16, 2011  10:51 PM ET
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Kyle wins another one.

so tough to race against about 3 other cup drivers

July 16, 2011  11:22 PM ET
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so tough to race against about 3 other cup drivers

He beat them, didn't he?

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July 17, 2011  09:16 AM ET

Kyle, Kyle, Kyle

 
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