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Matt700wlw
05-22-2008, 01:40 PM
....looks a lot more likely now

http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=3407605

MrsHammer
05-22-2008, 03:13 PM
I don't think another race needs to be added to the current schedule, but it would be nice to see a race moved from another track that has more than one date already. That track is so out in the middle of nowhere though...not the most convenient of places to visit from a fan perspective.

Matt700wlw
05-22-2008, 03:26 PM
What's likely to happen (at least early indications) is one of the New Hampshire races would be moved to Kentucky.....

There's a press conference at 3 that may have more answers

GoReds33
05-22-2008, 03:47 PM
I've been to Kentucky Speedway, and it's a very nice place. I don't know if it deserves a Sprint cup race, but it looks like they will get one none the less.

Blimpie
05-22-2008, 03:50 PM
I don't think another race needs to be added to the current schedule, but it would be nice to see a race moved from another track that has more than one date already. That track is so out in the middle of nowhere though...not the most convenient of places to visit from a fan perspective.That might actually change pending this decision. Virtually all developed has been halted during the last several years until the NASCAR decision became clear.

If this indeed comes true, then I would expect many things around the townn of Sparta to begin evolving.

Matt700wlw
05-22-2008, 04:11 PM
I've been to Kentucky Speedway, and it's a very nice place. I don't know if it deserves a Sprint cup race, but it looks like they will get one none the less.

They'll probably expand the grandstands to fit 100,000 people for starters...

GoReds33
05-22-2008, 04:40 PM
They'll probably expand the grandstands to fit 100,000 people for starters...Wikipedia says it only seats 66,000 now, so that would defenitly be a huge help.

dabvu2498
05-22-2008, 04:42 PM
Wikipedia says it only seats 66,000 now, so that would defenitly be a huge help.

Supposedly the place was designed with expansion in mind. Up to 200,000, IIRC.

It's a great track to watch a race. No bad seats.

Matt700wlw
05-22-2008, 04:46 PM
I'm not a big NASCAR guy, but when they get their race, I'd be interested in checking it out. I have several friends into the sport, so I'd definitely want to go with them.....and drink a lot.

I saw an Arca race there a few years back....and drank a lot.

GoReds33
05-22-2008, 04:48 PM
Supposedly the place was designed with expansion in mind. Up to 200,000, IIRC.

It's a great track to watch a race. No bad seats.200,000? That would be huge for such a remote location.

dabvu2498
05-22-2008, 05:03 PM
200,000? That would be huge for such a remote location.

Agreed.


This site in Gallatin County fit the geographic requirements, being close enough to the interstate to handle the traffic. Work began. Builders reshaped land into a bowl. Little by little, a track appeared there. Moss says that he was able to design for expansion, ultimately to accommodate 200,000 people. His approach, he says, has saved millions of dollars.



http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com/trackinfo/tracklayout/engineer.asp

paintmered
05-22-2008, 05:33 PM
By comparison, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which has the seating capacity of any sporting venue in the world, seats around 250,000.

200,000 is darn impressive.

KronoRed
05-22-2008, 05:38 PM
Someone tell Jeff Burton that the Cincinnati area is not in the "Southeast"

dougdirt
05-22-2008, 05:38 PM
200,000? That would be huge for such a remote location.

Its not that remote. Its close enough to Cincinnati, Louisville, Indianapolis and Lexington and that doesn't even count the people who travel big time to watch these things every weekend.

dabvu2498
05-22-2008, 05:38 PM
By comparison, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which has the seating capacity of any sporting venue in the world, seats around 250,000.

200,000 is darn impressive.

Kentucky Speedway could be 200k with no infield seating. And a mile shorter than Indy.

Matt700wlw
05-22-2008, 05:45 PM
I just saw that they plan on adding 50,000 seats...

http://www.700wlw.com/pages/localSports.html

Heath
05-22-2008, 05:57 PM
200,000? That would be huge for such a remote location.

We don't think so.

Sincerely,

Talladega Superspeedway

Chip R
05-22-2008, 05:58 PM
Would they have enough parking for all the extra people who attend if they increase seating?

SeeinRed
05-22-2008, 06:04 PM
We don't think so.

Sincerely,

Talladega Superspeedway


Yeah, a lot of tracks are in remote locations. In fact Sparta maybe a better location than a lot of ones I have been to. Easy access from quite a few cities.

GoReds33
05-22-2008, 06:12 PM
Would they have enough parking for all the extra people who attend if they increase seating?When I last went, they wouldn't. I'm sure that's on their list of things to add with the expansion of seats.

Blimpie
05-22-2008, 09:31 PM
We don't think so.

Sincerely,

Talladega SuperspeedwayNo kidding about Talladega.... You can throw Martinsville into that mix, as well. I was once looking at a bidding a highway construction job in that area and, literally, that speedway seemed to emerge at a traffic light in the middle of nowhere. Completely surreal.

By the way, the Kentucky Speeday is very close to Interstate(s) 71, 75 and 64. The race planners will not have to worry about a means of delivering their critical mass to that location.

Highlifeman21
05-22-2008, 10:53 PM
I have a feeling Belterra will ultimately reap the benefits of this.