Disaster is probably the only way to describe the first ever Quaker State 400. With traffic backed up to around 15 miles down I-71 around 15,000-20,000 ticket holders weren’t able to get into the race. The issues were so bad it even drew a statement from Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear who said, "Traffic flow is one of the big problems the track will have to work on with the local officials. I am putting together a team from transportation and tourism who will sit down with the local officials, and with the track officials and see what we can do to help." Kentucky Senate President David Williams called for legislative hearings to address traffic issues as the debacle was a public safety issue and could potentially damage a “signature economic development event”. Williams said in a news release, "I sympathize with the angry people who didn't get in; I was one of them."
Even with the delays over 100,000 fans were able to pack into Kentucky Speedway to watch Kyle Busch win after leading 6 different times for 125 of the 267 laps. Busch beat out Jimmie Johnson, the defending Sprint Cup Champion, in the final three laps, in which he had dominated since his fastest practice lap landed him the pole position. Busch was driving a Camry which was popular with the hometown fans as the Toyota plant is less than 50 miles from the racetrack. Busch on winning the race said, "The Camrys are built right here in Kentucky. It's a special night for us to put Camry in Victory Lane."
Aside from being prepared for the race Busch was prepared for victory as well and already had plans to camp out in his onsite motor home and avoided the mass of fans struggling to leave the stadium. NASCAR on the other hand reacted strongly to the poor organization of the first Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway and issued the following statement via a press release,
"While NASCAR was thrilled by the incredible response to our inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Kentucky, we also are extremely disappointed by the traffic problems and inconveniences endured by fans who wanted to be part of our races at Kentucky Speedway. NASCAR will be in close communications with Kentucky Speedway and Speedway Motorsports Inc. to see that they work to resolve the issues. This situation cannot happen again."
Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger issued a statement saying that the Kentucky Speedway is reviewing the issue and will make a statement about ticket refunds later this week.