By admin | January 25, 2012
By Richard Allen
I am not attending the Sprint Media Tour this week in Charlotte but I am following the activities there very closely both on Twitter and via the Speed television network show ‘Race Hub’. And if I’m not mistaken, I believe I detected at least a partial admission of fault by Bruton Smith regarding the traffic disaster during last July’s race weekend at the Kentucky Speedway.
“We are going to do it right this time,” Smith declared while talking to the assembled media. “I think we should have a second inaugural for a do-over so we can get it right.”
By saying they would get it right this time at least sounds as though Smith and his Speedway Motorsports, Inc are taking some responsibility for the situation last year during the track’s first Sprint Cup weekend in which traffic jams were so severe that many fans were late or missed the race all together. However, just after the event, Smith went on the rampage blaming I-71 for its lack of adequate space, the Governor of Kentucky for not providing funding for proper exit ramps and the company contracted to assist with parking for not sending enough employees.
Back in July when pressed about the facility’s apparent lack of sufficient parking space Smith was insistent that such was not the case. However, he announced at Wednesday’s press briefing that the track has added over 200 acres of additional land for parking. Also, a pedestrian tunnel will be in place by the time of the track’s next event to allow fans access to the facility from the new parking field.
“We want the chance to prove ourselves,” the SMI Chairman declared. “You will see when you come back all the improvements.”
Those improvements are due to be completed by May 4th with the next Sprint Cup event at Kentucky Speedway set for June 30th. More than a few fans vowed not to return last year after Smith’s dismissive comments in regard to the possibility of refunds and his refusal to accept fault. What remains to be seen is if enough fans return to even warrant all the improvements.
Here’s what Bruton Smith was saying immediately after last year’s race in Kentucky-> http://racingwithrich.com/?p=1471
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