Fans' guide to the Quaker State 400

June 27, 2014 

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; 3,000 reserved RV spaces; parking for more than 30,000 cars.

Saturday's schedule

7 a.m. — Parking lots open

8 a.m. — Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride Alongs (pickup at Gate 10)

11 a.m. — All ticket booths open

Noon — All Speedway gates and Infield Fan Zone open

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

5:15 p.m. — Thomas Rhett pre-race concert

6:55 p.m. — NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 pre-race ceremonies

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


■ Grandstand and tower tickets available ranging from $70 to $125. (Ticket prices increase $5 on race day)

■ Fan Zone passes available for $100.

■ Visit or call the speedway ticket office at (859) 578-2300 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 service animals)

Baby strollers

Balloons or beach balls

Chairs of any kind

Fireworks or missile-like objects

Glass containers of any kind

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 isolated thunderstorms throughout the day and evening, with a high of 83 degrees. Expect a race-time temperature of about 80 degrees, dropping into the 70s after the sun sets. Rain chances are about 30-40 percent at race time.

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