Created 11-Jul-11
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What was normally a less than an hour drive turned into an almost 4 hour drive to Sparta, KY and the KY Speedway. But we were fortunate in that we got in. Many were turned away as noted in the recap story below. SPARTA, KY. - — It's hard to tell which is bigger: Kyle Busch's impressive victory at Kentucky Speedway or the hole the track will have to dig itself out of.Busch's victory in the inaugural Quaker State 400 Saturday night was impressive, as he led 125 of the 267 laps. A late caution and restart with two laps remaining did make Busch work hard to hold off David Reutimann and Jimmie Johnson.The victory capped a strong weekend for the Las Vegas native, which also included a Truck series win Thursday night. He now has three Cup wins this season - tied with Kevin Harvick for the most of any drivers."This is pretty awesome. I can't say enough about everybody on this team," said Busch, who has 99 wins across three NASCAR series - Cup, Nationwide and Trucks."While Kentucky Speedway's first Cup race was a sellout, there were many who never had the opportunity to witness Busch's victory. Thousands of fans were turned away as the more than 100,000 fans attending the race blocked the lone interstate providing access to the track for hours. With more than half the race complete, fans still were trying to enter the track. Eventually, safety officials had to turn fans away to set up the traffic plan for those already at the track and planning to leave. "I heard there's been plenty of trouble trying to get everybody into the facility, I think coming back next year that would be the priority," said Johnson, who finished third."Just leave the surface alone on the race track and make sure that the fans have the experience they deserve to have. "Shortly before the race was over, the speedway released a statement - the only official comment about the day's problems." We've had an overwhelming response to our inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400. We know we had challenges related to traffic," said track general manager Mark Simendinger." We're already planning improvements and looking forward to a much better situation for next year's event."

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