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Fans gear up for Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway

SPARTA, KY (WAVE) - It's not a horse race, but horsepower that has folks pumped in the Bluegrass this weekend and the fans attending the NASCAR Sprint Cup Quaker State 400 have come from all around.

Robert White traveled to Sparta from Maryland. He said there are only five tracks on the NASCAR circuit that he hasn't been to. But this weekend it's all about one – Kentucky Speedway.

"It's just excitement you can kind of feel your chest pump," said Eddie Broom of Louisville.

For more than a decade, NASCAR fans in Kentucky have waited for this weekend.

"I'm not 6 feet tall, but I feel like I'm 7 foot today," said Billy Broom of Louisville.

"It's the big one," said Jarrod Courtney. "It's the big one of all races. The big drivers are here finally."

"12 years I've been waiting and it finally happened," said Ben McDonald of Louisville.

Before the race comes the tailgating and all the NASCAR necessities.

"You have to have beer, and something to cook," said Jim Cagle of Missouri.

On Saturday, more than 100,000 people are expected to pack the stands of Kentucky Speedway. They're all here for the same reason - waiting for the roar of the engines.

"I've been to pretty much every one of the nation one races they've had here, so it is kind of fun to be here for the inaugural cup race," said Ann Grant of London, KY.

"We've got really good seats," said Grant. "We'll be done close to the track, so we'll probably be getting hit in the face with rubber, but it is just going to awesome."

The green flag will drop on the Quaker State 400 at 7:30 p.m.

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