Late Sunday night, in the wake of a multitude of traffic problems that caused fans to miss the event Kentucky Speedway released the following statement, made by General Manager Mark Simendinger:
“Kentucky Speedway regrets the traffic conditions surrounding the ‘Quaker State 400.’ We’re committed to working with NASCAR, state and local officials and traffic experts to assure that this never happens again. The details of these improvements will be announced over time as they are formulated.
“We also recognize the traffic problems resulted in some fans not being able to attend the ‘Quaker State 400.’ We are gathering information on this and will announce a policy for these affected fans within seven days.
“Our ‘Quaker State 400’ ticket holders are invited to share their experiences with us through firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank all our fans for giving the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series such a great welcome to our venue.”
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*UPDATE: At around 9:30 PM EST, NASCAR CEO Brian France chimed in with the following statement:*
“While NASCAR was thrilled by the incredible response to our inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Kentucky, we also are extremely disappointed by the traffic problems and inconveniences endured by fans who wanted to be part of our races at Kentucky Speedway. NASCAR will be in close communications with Kentucky Speedway and Speedway Motorsports, Inc. to see that they work to resolve the issues. This situation cannot happen again.”
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