Fan guide to the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway

June 28, 2013 


Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 car, and Kyle Busch, No. 18, led the field to the green flag at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta Saturday. Attendance in the outer sections of the track's grandstands and towers was sparse.

CHRIS TROTMAN — Getty Images

Kentucky Speedway facts

Location: Sparta (Gallatin County)

Area: The speedway covers 1,000 acres of land.

Track dimensions: 1.5-mile tri-oval with 14-degree banking in the turns and a 1,600-foot backstretch. The tri-oval is 57 feet wide and includes a 12-foot apron.

Seating: 107,000 grandstand seats; 36 luxury suites; 90-seat private interior Kentucky Club; 2,100-seat private exterior Bluegrass Club; 11 terrace boxes.

Campgrounds/parking: 125 private, backstretch RV spaces; 650 infield RV spaces; 3,500 reserved RV spaces; parking for more than 30,000 cars.

Saturday's schedule

8 a.m. — Shuttle buses begin service.

9 a.m. —Speedway gift shop opens

Noon — All Speedway gates and Infield Fan Zone open

1:30 p.m. — NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage opens

5:15 p.m. — Billy Currington pre-race concert

7 p.m. — NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 pre-race celebration

7:30 p.m. — NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 (400 miles/200 laps)


■ Grandstand and tower tickets available ranging from $70 to $110. (Ticket prices increase $5 on race day)

■ Fan Zone passes available for $100.

■ Visit or call (888) 652-7223 to order.

Getting in and around

Ticket policies

Refunds: Kentucky Speedway does not issue refunds for any reason. If the race is postponed, tickets will be honored on the rescheduled date.

Re-entry: Fans may use their race tickets to exit and re-enter the track an unlimited number of times. Tickets must be scanned upon exiting and re-entering.

Scalping: Kentucky Speedway prohibits the resale of tickets, at any value, on its property.

Tips for fans

What to wear and bring

■ Comfortable shoes are a must. The speedway covers a lot of ground, and so will your feet.

■ A fanny pack or small backpack is useful for carrying essentials, keeps your hands free and makes for a light load.

■ Seat cushions are an added comfort during a long night on the hard grandstands.

■ Some additional items for your pre-race checklist:

Race tickets


Credit card







Hand sanitizer


Race scanner (available for rental at Souvenir Row)

Rain poncho

Cooler policy

Fans may bring one 14-inch cooler and one carry-in item (i.e. backpack or purse) into the speedway. Coolers may contain unopened plastic bottles or aluminum cans (water or soft drinks) and food. No alcoholic beverages or glass containers are allowed. All coolers and carry-in items will be inspected at the gates.

Prohibited items

Aerosol cans

Alcoholic beverages

Animals (except for those assisting people with disabilities)

Baby strollers

Balloons or beach balls

Chairs of any kind

Fireworks or missile-like objects

Glass containers of any kind

Hot tubs

Illegal substances

Laser pointers

Noise-making devices (bells, bullhorns, whistles, etc.)

Projectiles of any kind

Seat cushion with metal arm rests

Sticks, bats, poles or clubs



Video or movie cameras

Weapons: guns, knives, mace, handcuffs, nightsticks, blackjacks or other items

Wristbands for children

Children may receive a free wristband at the information and guest services booths around the speedway. The band will help your child be located should you become separated.

Traffic tips

■ Arrive early. The highest traffic time is within four hours of the race.

■ Make sure to have a full tank of gas. Getting into and out of the speedway could take more time than you anticipate.

■ For more information about speedway parking and traffic, visit


Saturday's forecast for Sparta calls for a chance of scattered thunderstorms throughout the day and evening, with a high of 74 degrees. Expect a race-time temperature of about 70 degrees, dropping into the 60s after the sun sets. Rain chances increase to 60 percent by race time.

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