Lots of reports coming in of the god-awful traffic on I-71
Kentucky tried to prepare for the influx of NASCAR fans on its roads. A letter to the Governor was able to get construction on I-71 halted for the weekend. Apparently, that didn’t really help too much. Tons of news outlets and fans are reporting that the traffic situation was the worst seen in the state in ages. This made the annual Kentucky Derby traffic look like a normal rush hour, but I guess years of practice helps.
Because this was the inaugural race for the Sprint Cup Series’ Quaker 400, there was bound to be issues – but, I don’t think anyone envisioned it being this bad. The majority of the press has been pretty negative, and not because the race wasn’t entertaining. To compound with the traffic, the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta ran out of parking spaces.
I’m still not sure why everyone was headed down there – the highlight was obviously the KSR-sponsored Derrik Cope the day before. I’ve heard stories from friends and family already. My sister was traveling from Louisville to Northern Kentucky – the traffic caused her 90 minute trip to stretch into 6 hours. One of my buddies had a ticket, but never even made it to the track because of the traffic, despite waiting in it for hours. Let’s hear your stories in the comment section.