SPARTA, Ky. – A Kentucky race track that had its long-awaited entry into NASCAR's top series marred by massive traffic jams has purchased a 219-acre piece of land not far from the facility.
A newspaper report says a deed filed this week shows Kentucky Speedway paid $1.5 million for the property. Earth-moving equipment is already staged next to the weather-beaten tobacco barn on the land formerly owned by Jo Wischer, 84, and her 90-year-old husband.
Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger told The Kentucky Enquirer details would come next week.
Speedway officials had blamed part of the problem at the Quaker State 400 race on parking lots reaching capacity faster than anticipated when more than 107,000 fans converged on the venue. The speedway has 10 parking lots that hold 33,000 cars.