Track upgrades

SMI’s track upgrades
to be complete by June race

Renovation includes
RV camping facilities, more parking

From the Kentucky Speedway

Phase I Track
Expansion Highlights

The creation of level, expanded parking areas will accommodate as many as 14,000 vehicles. The process will displace approximately 900,000 cubic yards of rock and 1.5 million cubic yards of earth.

Exterior enhancements:
• New ticket canopies housing 34 total entrance gates.
• Creation of new outer loop roads.
• Construction of a restroom and bathhouse facility near the main entrance.
• Creation of a boulevard entrance way to the grandstand.
• New ticket buildings, entrance gates and fencing.

Interior enhancements:
• Establishment of two infield camping areas made up of more than 200 sites.
• An inner loop road to help transport fans throughout the grounds.

More to come:
Future plans for the facility include the expansion of the existing concourse-level grandstands into Turns 1 and 4 and adding features such as folding seats and drink trays. Plans also include the construction of new restrooms and concession buildings, the expansion of camping options as well as the renovation of the existing infield layout.

SPARTA, Ky. (June 2009) – Speedway Motorsports Inc. continues to progress through an opening  wave of approximately $13.5 million in Kentucky Speedway facility enhancements which will expand parking, establish infield camping, augment track access roads and enhance the overall guest experience with new entrance areas along with a new restroom and bathhouse facility.
“Kentucky Speedway is great and we’re making a lot of improvements for the fans. One area in which we’ll see growth is infield camping. You’ll also see better parking and access roads. The fans want it and we have to give the fans what they want. That’s part of our motto,” Speedway Motorsports Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith said.
Kentucky race fans got their first glimpse of the enhancements May 9 when the speedway opened its four-weekend, six-race season with the ARCA RE/MAX Series “Drive Smart. Buckle-Up! Kentucky 150.” 

New Speedway Ticketbooth

Photo by Don Ward

More ticket gates have been
added to the track’s perimeter
for easier fan entry.

SMI Project Manager Steve Swift said renovations are scheduled to be complete by the speedway’s June 13 NASCAR Nationwide Series “Meijer 300 Presented by Ritz.”
“In Phase I, we’re focusing on fan accessibility and the primary parking lot. There were a lot of hills and slopes that were generally not fan friendly.
“We’ve been blasting non-stop and we’ll have the highest parking elevation down roughly 30 feet when we’re done. We’ve been moving dislodged limestone and shale into valleys. Eventually, the parking lot will gently roll up a hill to make the area more efficient and fan friendly.
“We pride ourselves on accommodating the fans, so we’re getting the area to the point that no matter where they are at the facility, fans will have a panoramic view that gives them better perspective about where they’re going and the distance between points. 
“Mr. Smith is enjoying this project and he’s set the goal of presenting Kentucky fans with the ‘wow factor’ we deliver at Atlanta, Bristol, Lowe’s Motor Speedway (Charlotte , N.C.), Las Vegas, Texas and our other facilities,” Swift said.

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