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    I am going to the KY race for the first time and I recall that someone earlier had mentioned where the best place was to park to get in and out with a minimum of problems. Will someone help me out? Thanks

  • #2
    Do NOT park near the grandstand if you want to get out in less than two hours.

    Either park right off the highway, or better yet pay a small fee to park at one of the farmhouses across the highway.
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    • #3
      Whoever designed the access to that track should be required to to stand out in the parking lot after every race with a sign that says its his fault so people can provide him their opinions about it



      This did not have to be this bad.

      There is a state highway and an interstate in the area.

      They placed the large parking lot behind the main grandstand in such a way that the track is between the large parking area and the interstate and state highway.

      There is an access road - that runs about a quarter of a mile to half a mile from the main parking area to the state highway. All of the cars in that large parking lot basically have to file to that access road.

      It just doesn't work.

      The only thing worse is to park in the infield - which I need to do due to the amount of equipment I need to take in.

      The infield access road filters out to the access road from the main grandstand and you basically have to wait for a nice fan to let you cut in line to get onto the state highway. After those fans have waited to get to that point, battling traffic from the main parking lot, well .....

      From the infield it makes no sense to even try to leave until around 2 hours after the race.

      From the main grandstand parking lot, it isn't a lot better.

      So if you can, park across the state highway from the track. It is a longer walk, that basically puts you behind the back straight and the grandstands are on the front straight but just about everyone says the access is better after the race.

      Another plan, try to have an alternate route home, especially if you park across the state highway from the track. Interstate 71 is not large enough for the traffic after the race and it bottlenecks, and gets real bad near the 71/75 exchange.

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      • #4
        Matt you are 100% spot on!
        And please switch this puppy to night time soon, it's SO bloody hot in that concrete bowl that supports the stands and blocks any breeze.......
        Road racing is doomed...what this country needs is a big new racetrack designed for automobiles instead of horses. C.G. Fisher

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        • #5
          Went to the Truck series race at KY Speedway a couple of weeks ago, parked in the vip area as close to the main grandstand as possible. Left the race 20 minutes after completion, and was on the interstate in 13 minutes.

          The speedway now has the parking area in 4 sections, each section has it's own lane out.

          It seemed way better than before. I even gave a KY state trooper a thumbs up for a job well done. Which is amazing in it'self, considering my hate/hate realtionship with troopers.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by nascarnation
            Matt you are 100% spot on!
            And please switch this puppy to night time soon, it's SO bloody hot in that concrete bowl that supports the stands and blocks any breeze.......
            It gets so humid here at night, I doubt you'd find it much cooler, and certainly not breezier. The only thing that night would save you from is the Sun.
            One driver's "fuel strategy" is another driver's "speed up or we will park you!"

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            • #7
              I parked at the property with the tree lined driveway in the extreme lower right corner of this picture across the highway from the speedway. Track Gate 3 is the closest Vehicle gate. A local church was using the money as a fund raising project. If you want to park there you would NOT want to come in I-71 but rather HWY 35 from the North(?).

              This worked great for us. And it was only $10.00(2001 IIRC).

              Caution these maps do not have North Marked so be careful. I think North would point somewhere between 4 and 6 O'Clock.

              Good Luck

              This link is to a larger photo.
              http://www.edgeofspeedway.com/Images/Main/aerial.jpg



              Last edited by c7; 07-29-2003, 11:00 AM.
              "If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice."
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              • #8
                Please do not give these rookies our prime parking spots dammit.

                But if you do the money spent is for a local church group, so I feel better about the "tithe er $10 donation".
                Natural Born Cynic

                What irks me (maybe its too soon for the truth), DW was a 16-oval WIN specialist, yet the vast majority those boohooing for him, hardcarders & fans, alike are the same ones trying to kill anything with more than 9 deg banking & 4 corners, where Dan ultimately made his home...

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                • #9
                  NDGator,

                  Com'n Gator, it's OK to share!!

                  I found out the same way by posting the same "Parking" question, and ovalsrule was kind enough to share his "prime" spot here at TF a couple of years ago.
                  "If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice."
                  - RUSH, Freewill, Permanent Waves (1980)

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                  • #10
                    Park in sections A, B, or H(lower end). If you park anywhere near the top(by the main entrance) you'll be forever getting out! Oh, another hint, come in(and leave if possible) from the south on 35. Traffic is much better that way!
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                    • #11
                      Last year for the Busch race (at night) I parked where the map says 'RV and Camping' near Route 1039. It was night, and not lit. The only way I could find my car was hitting the 'panic' button on my remote keyless entry. Once I found it, it was an easy exit out Speedway Blvd to Route 1039 and on to I-71 South back to Louisville. Not as much traffic heading south as there was north apparently.

                      Try the back door.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by PShoe001
                        Last year for the Busch race (at night) I parked where the map says 'RV and Camping' near Route 1039. It was night, and not lit. The only way I could find my car was hitting the 'panic' button on my remote keyless entry. Once I found it, it was an easy exit out Speedway Blvd to Route 1039 and on to I-71 South back to Louisville. Not as much traffic heading south as there was north apparently.

                        Try the back door.
                        Hey now you've went and told all about my secret parking area.

                        The trick is to park as close to the road as you can....oh Busch race nevermind. We run in daylight!
                        I am blessed to have witnessed "The Greatest Spectacle In Racing" 50 times!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by NDGator
                          Please do not give these rookies our prime parking spots dammit.
                          Easy up there big guy. You would have thought parking across form the track was your idea from the beginning! NOT!

                          If you are coming from Ind. try using the back roads and cross the river at the Markland ****(water containment structure). You will get to see some nice southern IND farms and have a much easier time in and out.

                          One more tip for those who do not care for the walk from across the street. In the past the track has had busses which ran from the credential office (see C7 track map) to the grandstands. I do not know if they are doing it again but if they are try to catch a free ride!

                          Enjoy
                          If the league is not going to shift their stance on the fees I would imagine all of the ovals would start being replaced by "chamber of commerce financially supported" TV infomercials dressed up like a car race for different city centers across the USA.

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                          • #14
                            This southern Indiana "ROOKIE" really appreciates all your help. Thanks.

                            How many times do I have to attend before I can remove my rookie stripes?

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                            • #15
                              Officials at KY could use a few lessons from the folks at Nashville regarding parking. It is a disaster at KY.

                              Tom Eidemiller
                              Please visit the tribute to my longtime friend Mel Kenyon

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