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Kentucky Speedway Avoids Repeat Of Traffic, Parking Woes; Attendance Down From '11
Published July 2, 2012
DIMINISHING RETURNS? In Lexington, Mark Story in a front-page piece noted though Smith said Saturday afternoon that there "would be a crowd in excess of 100,000 for the 2012 Quaker State 400, there were numerous empty seats when the green flag dropped Saturday night." That was "especially true in the corners of both the original grandstands and the two new towers that Smith built after moving a Cup race here two years ago." For Saturday's race it "looked like a crowd in the neighborhood of 75,000 to 80,000." Story: "Whatever the actual attendance, it was far smaller than the complete sellout in excess of 106,000 people a year ago" (LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER, 7/1). In Charlotte, Jim Utter writes, "Being generous, approximately 70 percent of the stands were filled Saturday night." It is "certainly possible some ticket holders didn't show due to the extreme heat this weekend." However, "it's clear it will take time for the speedway to earn back the trust of the many fans it left with a bad memory from last season's debacle" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 7/2).