This winter, there has been more “reducing” going on in NASCAR than at Jenny Craig.
Daytona International Speedway is removing its 46,500-seat backstretch grandstand. That will reduce capacity at NASCAR’s marquee venue to 101,500.
Bruton Smith’s Speedway Motorsports Inc. — the company that owns Kentucky Speedway — removed 41,000 seats at Charlotte Motor Speedway and 17,000 seats at Atlanta, find out the texas motor speedway seating capacity. That drops the total capacity at Charlotte to 89,000 and Atlanta to 75,000.
Conversely, the Kentucky Speedway grandstands still hold 106,000. At this point, the Sparta track has more seats than iconic NASCAR bastions Daytona, Talladega (down to 78,000 from 108,000) and Charlotte.
Since attendance at Kentucky Speedway has been lukewarm since the 2011 “Carmageddon” traffic snarl , I asked track General Manager Mark Simendinger if there were plans to reduce seating capacity in Sparta, too.