SPARTA, KY (WAVE) - Traffic grid locks leading to the Kentucky Speedway made for quite the traffic headache in July of 2011 during the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Race.
The problems caused many fans to miss the race.
Months later, officials at the Kentucky Speedway are working on a plan to prevent a similar situation in the future. The Speedway said the problems will be fixed and they do not expect any problems this year. They said fans can expect improvements to the roadways including wider ramps, roads and highways to allow for better movement of traffic.
Also, the Speedway purchased 170 acres of land around the Speedway where an additional 20,000 parking sports will be added. More parking staff will be on hand to help race fans park.
The Speedway contracted an engineering company to simulate hundreds of different scenarios for traffic on race day.
All of these improvements are on their way to be completed and are expected to be finished by race day.