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SBD/June 22, 2012/Facilities
Kentucky Police To Manage Traffic, Parking For NASCAR Race At Speedway
Published June 22, 2012
"an outstanding job" in controlling traffic this year
Q: What do you wish SMI had done differently before the inaugural Cup race in Kentucky last year?
Smith: I wish we could have convinced the highway patrol of Kentucky. I kept trying to explain what a huge crowd we had coming. The biggest thing that hurt us was the rain. It converted the parking we had into an impossible situation.
Q: What do you have to do to reconnect with fans?
Smith: I made promises on what we would do and we've done it. And I've done it with the state of Kentucky. The governor of Kentucky came forward and got the state to approve a lot of things. We have what was a two-lane road operational at seven lanes. They also installed a 12-foot-wide pedestrian walkway, and the state built a tunnel under (Kentucky highway) 35 so that people can walk right on through the tunnel and onto the speedway side.
Q: You don't apologize often. Why did you apologize for this race?
Smith: We hated that we didn't do a better job. Here again, I'm not going to knock Kentucky, but they were not aware of what was going to happen. This time (the state highway patrol) went to school on it. They know what to expect and they will do an outstanding job.