• 75°

NASCAR: Kentucky prepares for race

Associated Press
WARSAW, Ky. — Counties and cities near the Kentucky Speedway are gearing up to attract some of the 125,000 fans expected to arrive this week for the track’s inaugural Sprint Cup race.
Track officials estimate that $150 million could be pumped into the local economy.
The 400-mile Sprint cup race will conclude a tripleheader NASCAR weekend that opens with a 225-mile Camping World Truck Series race July 7 and spotlights a 300-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series event July 8.
“This is like the Super Bowl coming to Kentucky,” said Tim Bray, director of communications for the speedway. “It’s a major, major event that is just as big in motor sports as the Derby is to horse racing.”
The counties of Gallatin, Oldham, Jefferson, Owen and Carroll have festivities planned throughout the week to draw tourists and several business owners have expanded their hours.
Rena Mylor, who owns a restaurant in Warsaw a few miles from the speedway, told The Courier-Journal that she is recruiting extra staff to handle the crowds.
“It is going to be completely insane,” she said, laughing.
In Oldham County, hotel guests will receive a coupon book and brochures designed to entice them to visit various stores, restaurants and venues.
“We’re looking for as many ways as we can to attract people off the interstate to La Grange,” Oldham Judge-Executive David Voegele said.
Until this year, the largest event at the speedway was the annual NASCAR Nationwide Series, which drew 70,000 fans in one day, Bray said.
“It’s not just Kentucky Speedway’s guests,” said Jesse Harris, who does sales and marketing for the speedway. “It’s the region’s guests.”
Since the races are in the evening, fans will be free for breakfast, lunch and shopping.
Craft store owner Michelle Gardner said she placed three discount options in Oldham’s coupon book and will have extended hours this week.
Neal O’Connor, who owns the Sparta BP across from the Kentucky Speedway, said he put a new coat of paint on his building; ordered extra shipments of water, soda and beer and is bringing in portable toilets. He said he expects his business to quadruple.
Bret Calhoun, administrative assistant for the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce & Community Development Corp., said Carrollton is planning a festival that includes a beer garden, music, food and race cars.
“We definitely want to take advantage of this,” Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said. “It gives us the opportunity to showcase our community.”
IOWA SPEEDWAY
DES MOINES, Iowa — Featherlite Inc. founder Conrad Clement and his family have purchased the Iowa Speedway in a sale that officials said won’t affect the daily operations of the popular track.
The 0.875-mile track has been a hit with fans in Iowa since it opened in 2006.
This year, Iowa has four major events on the schedule, including last month’s IndyCar race, two NASCAR Nationwide events and a NASCAR trucks series event on July 16.
IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard also said last week that he’d like a doubleheader at Iowa in 2012.

Comments

Comments closed.

Crime

Man charged for stowing away on Norfolk Southern train, impeding railroad operations

Local

Group will protest treatment of Georgia woman during 2019 traffic stop

Crime

Man overdoses at Piedmont Correctional Institute

Crime

Sheriff’s Office: Two men escape from jail, found in bushes on Fulton Street

Ask Us

Ask Us: When will North Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue be resurfaced?

Local

Political Notebook: Rowan’s lawmakers pass 140 bills into the opposite chamber before deadline

Local

Police chief to present use of force policy; city manager to present 2021-22 budget

Crime

Blotter: Rockwell man arrested on charges of felony larceny, possession of stolen vehicle

Coronavirus

CDC director says mask turnaround based solely on science

News

Catawba College hosts three in-person commencement ceremonies

Local

With high case loads causing numerous staff departures, Child Protective Services seeks more positions

Education

Livingstone College graduates celebrate ‘crossing the finish line’ during commencement celebration

Coronavirus

Rowan sees 4 new COVID-19 deaths as mask mandate lifted, vaccines administered continue decline

Local

Spencer is latest town updating its development ordinance

Local

Salisbury native Kristy Woodson Harvey makes NY Times bestseller list

Local

Board of Commissioners will convene for third time in May

Business

Biz Roundup: Salisbury, Kannapolis among recipients of Region of Excellence Awards

Local

Cheerleading team competes at Disney

Education

Salisbury High to celebrate football, swimming champions with parade

High School

High school girls soccer: Isley, Webb lead all-county team

Local

Spencer awarded $10,000 to develop trails at Stanback Forest

Books

‘Tails and Tales’ coming to library this summer

Local

Public Records: March Deeds

Entertainment

Salisbury Symphony’s ‘Return to the Concert Hall’ available May 24-31