Kentucky Speedway

Guide to the Quaker State 400

Kentucky Speedway facts

Location: Sparta (Gallatin County)

Area: The Speedway was constructed on 850 acres.

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; 35 luxury suites; 90-seat private interior Kentucky Club; 2,100-seat private exterior Bluegrass Club; seven terrace boxes.

Campgrounds/parking: 125 private, backstretch RV spaces; 600 infield RV spaces; 4,000 reserved RV spaces; parking for more than 30,000 cars.

Saturday's schedule

7 a.m.: Buses and trams for fans begin operations

8 a.m.: Parking lots open

9 a.m.: Gate 20 and Gate 20 ticket booth open. Souvenir Row and midway displays open

9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.: Ticket office hours

9 a.m.-11 p.m.: Gift shop hours

2 p.m.: All gates open

2:40-3:40 p.m.: Pace-car rides

5 p.m.: Pre-race concert by Clay Walker

7 p.m.: Sprint Cup Series driver introductions

7:30 p.m.: Sprint Cup Series race: Quaker State 400 (267 laps, 400 miles)


Saturday's forecast for Sparta calls for sunny skies and a high of 89 degrees. Expect a race-time temperature of about 83 degrees, dropping into the 70s after the sun sets. No rain is forecast.


■ Grandstand tickets are sold out.

■ Tickets are available for the Pit Road Club in the infield ($400) and for standing room only on the Turn 1 and Turn 4 concourses ($65).

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

Cell phone

Race scanner (available for rental at Souvenir Row)

Rain poncho

Prohibited items

Aerosol cans

Alcoholic beverages

Animals (except for those assisting people with disabilities)

Baby strollers

Balloons or beach balls

Beverage containers (except for one sealed 20 oz. or less plastic bottle of water)

Chairs of any kind

Fireworks or missile-like objects


Glass containers of any kind

Illegal substances

Laser pointers

Coolers of any size

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

Projectiles of any kind

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.


Fans in Central Kentucky planning to take I-75 North to the speedway need to pay close attention to these directions:

■ The I-75 North ramp to I-71 at Exit 173 will be closed Saturday. A signed detour will direct traffic north to Exit 175 at Richwood. Traffic will then be directed back to southbound I-75/I-71, where it will be able to access I-71 South at Exit 173.

■ Once on I-71 South, proceed to Exit 57 to enter the speedway.

■ Fans with vehicles bearing parking credentials should use Exit 57.

Note: Fans traveling I-71 North from Louisville and points south will be directed to Exit 55.

For more information about speedway parking and traffic, visit

Herald-Leader Staff Report

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