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Impact of Sprint Cup race focus of March 3 meeting

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By Dave Taylor and Jeff Moore

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an informational session, “Coffee and Conversation,” on Thursday, March 3 at 9 a.m. The event will be held in the old courtroom on the second floor of the Carroll County Courthouse.

Present at the meeting will be officials and directors of the Kentucky Speedway who will discuss preparations the local community needs to make in readiness for this summer’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race which will be held at the Sparta, Ky. facility on July 9.

Kentucky Speedway Director of Operations Mark Simendinger and representatives from speedway human resources will present information about marketing, labor needs, traffic logistics and what local businesses must do to prepare for the thousands of NASCAR fans who will in our area that week, according to Bret Calhoun of the Carroll County Chamber.

“All businesses are strongly encouraged to attend or send a representative that day,” Calhoun said. “There will also be a time for anyone who has questions to be answered.”

At Tuesday’s Carroll County Fiscal Court meeting, Judge Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson encouraged magistrates and local business owners to attend this session.

“We want to be as prepared as we can,” Tomlinson said. “It does lend us opportunity for local businesses.”

He said three or four representatives from Kentucky Speedway will be on hand to discuss general and specific questions from each business owner.

Tomlinson said they will share information on what to expect and what has been successful in other communities.

He said the speedway is adding 30,000 to 40,000 campsites to house people on its grounds. These are people who will likely come to Carroll County to spend their dollars, Tomlinson explained.

“It’s an opportunity to put additional dollars in the local economy,” he said, noting this will provide a boost in what have been difficult times for some local businesses.

For more information contact Calhoun at the Chamber of Commerce, (502)732-7034.