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Kentucky Speedway making sure NASCAR fans stay cool

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Speedway is taking precautions during this weekend's NASCAR events to make sure race fans stay cool.

The speedway is establishing several "cool zones" around its facility as well as stocking extra ice and water.  Temperatures this weekend are expected to reach triple digits.

"We are taking every measure to ensure our fans enjoy great racing when we take the NASCAR spotlight this weekend," Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said in a news release. 

"We've have 12 ambulances here, and five medical carts," says Tony Morgan of the Kentucky Speedway.  "Hopefully we'll be able to contend with any emergencies that arise from that."

Race fans Dave and Janice Adams have been pulling their trailer to NASCAR events for 30 years.  They say they're ready for this weekend:  "We've got a generator, we've got air conditioning," says Dave Adams.  "We're all right."

Last summer was the first chance for the Kentucky Speedway to host the Quaker State 400, and the issue then was parking.  It took thousands of fans hours to get to the track -- many missed the race altogether.  

Since then, the track has made $10 million in improvements. Highway 35 near the track has been expanded to seven lanes. I-71 exit ramps were widened, and 20,000 additional parking spaces have been added, plus more space for campers. A pedestrian tunnel will safely get fans to the track, without stopping traffic.

The track also hopes to alleviate traffic problems simply by encouraging fans to come out to the track early Saturday, offering a concert and tailgating.

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