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Kentucky Speedway pays nearly $300,000 to Kentucky State Police

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The check is in the mail: Kentucky Speedway has paid a nearly $300,000 bill to Kentucky State Police.

The overdue bill was for security at the track during races in 2012 and 2013.

State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer says Speedway Motorsports sent the check by express mail.

The move comes after delays in payment, and expressions of surprise made in internal communications.

WDRB obtained documents from KSP indicating that the total amount due for the troopers' services from races in June and September of 2012 and 2013 totaled $299,125. During those races, troopers kept watch over crowds and traffic.

In a letter dated Dec. 27, 2013, KSP's financial manager asked for the balance to be paid in full by Jan. 15.

According to the documents, KSP was asking Kentucky Speedway to reimburse them for the following dates and amounts:

  • June 26-30, 2012: $92,225
  • Sept. 19-22, 2012: $31,715
  • June 25-30, 2013: $131,478
  • Sept. 19-21, 2013: $43,706

In emails included in the documents provided by KSP, Speedway officials indicate in Aug. and Oct. 2013 that checks had been cut and were awaiting signature.

In one email, dated Oct. 9, Speedway senior construction manager Stephen Swift appears to express surprise at the $43,706 total, writing:

"Wow. Thought this was about same as last year. Which was around 20 k. What did we do?"

KSP Cpt. David Millay wrote in an email, dated Nov. 1, 2013, that "we need to resolve all payments as soon as possible."

"KSP enjoys the relationship it has built with Speedway Motorsports incorporated and does not want the hard work of so many people on both sides affected by this issue," Cpt. Millay said in the email.

In the final email correspondence, Speedway accounting assistant Toni Ellis told KSP officials that Speedway's general manager was discussing the issue of outstanding payments to Gov. Steve Beshear.

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