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Ticket discounts latest dust up between Speedway, fans

Michael Sallee Michael Sallee
Cindy Ezell Cindy Ezell
Tim Bray Tim Bray

SPARTA, KY (WAVE) - There is more fan outrage over Kentucky Speedway's handling of its first ever NASCAR Sprint Cup race. First I exposed anger over the Speedway's no cooler policy. Now some fans say they feel cheated by the track's decision to slash prices on some tickets.

"I feel like I got a dollar sign stamped on my forehead and they're treating me like I'm nothing but a piece of money," said Michael Sallee, a Kentucky Speedway season ticket holder.

Still a week to go before NASCAR "goes racin" at the Kentucky Speedway, but the track already has some fans like Sallee running hot. He paid over $500 for two season tickets to the Speedway. But now the track is slashing prices on the two lesser races leading up to the NASCAR's Quaker State 400.

"You buy tickets and you're paying full price," Sallee said. "And then all of a sudden they're discounting them. You know who wouldn't be upset?"

On their website, Kentucky Speedway is offering $40 tickets to the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on July 8. Those same seats that cost other fans as much as $65. But using the promo code "SPEED" discounted every ticket in the track, even the most expensive ones, to $20. Meanwhile, the Speedway's Facebook page is offering tickets to the truck race at 75% off the original price.

"I want my money back," said Cindy Ezell, another Speedway season ticket holder.

Ezell is not the only one. The WAVE 3 Troubleshooter Department has been flooded with emails and Facebook postings from upset ticket holders who feel the same way.

"I don't think I should be penalized ‘cause I jumped on and bought the season tickets," Ezell said. "It's not the way to treat a NASCAR fan."

Kentucky Speedway spokesman Tim Bray said the ticket discounts are not uncommon.

"It happens all the time," said Bray. "It's like the last minute sale at Macy's. Got to get rid of the inventory."

Bray said while sales for the Sprint Cup race have been huge, with more than 100,000 tickets already sold, crowds for the truck series and Nationwide race are looking much smaller. Bray said the track is offering a limited amount of discounted seats, to draw in as many people as possible.

According to Bray, "It's part of the sport," but some long time fans of the sport think it's a slap in their face.

"I will not attend another Kentucky Speedway race if they are going to do their fans this way," Ezell said. "It's just not fair."

The ticket sale controversy comes on the heels of fan protests over the Speedway's no-cooler policy. While other race tracks do allow coolers, the Speedway said they can't take the time to check coolers for alcohol, which is against the law to bring into sporting events in Kentucky.

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