DAYTONA, Fla. — Kentucky Speedway officials are trying to make nice after the horrendous parking snafus that plagued the Sprint Cup race there last June in Sparta, Ky.
"We had a little traffic problem," Bruton Smith, chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc., said during the NASCAR Media Tour last week. "This time, we'll get it right. We'll never experience traffic problems like that again. We've taken ownership of the problem and we're fixing it. Whatever could go wrong probably went wrong as far as traffic was concerned."
The "fixing it" part includes buying 150 additional acres of land that will be used for parking, building a tunnel under Highway 35 to allow fans access to the new parking area, and resurfacing several unstable areas to add more parking options. Smith estimates the track can accommodate at least 12,200 more cars.
Smith wasn't nearly as accommodating last June when he announced his track would not offer refunds to tens of thousands of fans turned away, and blamed traffic snarls on the government.
She's looking good: Danica Patrick won't need to worry about having to qualify for the Daytona 500. She's looking at a guaranteed spot using owner points from Tommy Baldwin Racing.
A deal is close to being finalized that would allow Patrick, competing for Stewart Hass Racing, to use owner points accrued by TBR driver Dave Blaney last season. In return, TBR will get technical and pit crew support from SHR.
Dog tracks: Got a problematic poochie?
Why don't you take him to Daytona International Speedway during Speedweeks?
It's not such a far-fetched idea, considering you might run into Cesar Milan in the pits.
Milan, the famed Dog Whisperer, will be taping an episode of his show Feb. 17-18, featuring NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers and dog lovers Greg Biffle and Kevin Harvick for two of the first three segments. The third segment will involve a dog selected through an audition video.
Any NASCAR fan with a dog with behavioral issues and who will be in the Daytona area during the shoot — can visit cesarsway.com/dogwhisperer/submissions to learn how to submit an audition video.