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Fans head to Kentucky Speedway for Sprint Cup Series

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Catherine Morrissey Catherine Morrissey
John Spalding John Spalding
Trooper Brad Arterburn Trooper Brad Arterburn

SPARTA, KY (WAVE) – More than 100,000 people are expected to head to the Kentucky Speedway on Saturday for the Quaker State 400.

A lot of the serious race fans have already made their way to Sparta for a weekend of racing. In terms of traffic, Kentucky State Police are hoping this year's series turns out like last year and not that NASCAR nightmare we saw two years ago.

"It just fun to come and fell the volume of the cars and just how loud they are in real life," said Catherine Morrissey, who traveled with her family from Georgia.

NASCAR fans from all over and of all ages made their way back to the track for the sprint Cup Nationwide series.

"When you get to come to a nice facility, it makes it all that much better," said Chuck Sutton of Oldham County.

During the first nationwide race at the Kentucky Speedway in 2011, not everybody had a smile on their face. Traffic back-ups forced thousands to sit in stand still, many never even seeing their seat.

"We sat out on 35 for four hours and then parked about three miles away and walked in straight up hill," said John Spalding of Lexington.

Despite the disappointment, Spalding and his dad Jerry Spalding came back the next year. "No problem what so ever last year, so much improvement," said Jerry Spalding.

Kentucky State Police hope to make this year a repeat of last. "Last year was a complete 180," said Trooper Brad Arterburn with KSP.

Parking has been perfected and communication from KSP is now open with constant updates on Twitter and Facebook.

Troopers still urge you to allow plenty of time. "Make a whole day out of it, come up and enjoy what the track has to offer," said Arterburn. "The gates open early, come in all day long. If everybody that's coming waits until 6 PM to get here then inevitably there is going to be a backup."

You can bring a small cooler with snacks and non alcoholic drinks to the track. You can't bring in umbrellas. Gates open at noon on Saturday.  

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