1:55pm

Tue July 12, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

NASCAR Traffic Control

A team of state officials will soon meet with Kentucky Speedway representatives to discuss next year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Race.  Gridlock Saturday meant thousands of ticket holders didn’t see the race.  Governor Steve Beshear says his team will get together in the next few days. “I think everyone anticipated that we would have some problems.  Obviously nobody anticipated that the parking situation would end up creating the problem that it did,” said Beshear

.The governor is confident major traffic headaches at last weekend's Nascar race in Sparta will not jeopardize next year's event.   Still, Governor Beshear doesn’t think there’s any question the race will be back at the Kentucky Speedway next summer.

“Not in my mind there’s not.  I think the main thing Nascar has said, from what I’ve read, is that they want to make sure these problems are ironed out before next year and obviously we need to do that,” added Beshear.

Beshear says additional lanes on interstate 71 may not have helped. For example, parking was reportedly in short supply. The governor adds it’s important to remember this was the first event of its kind in Sparta.  Plus, he says there were many positive aspects to the event.