Getting into Kentucky Speedway wasn’t the biggest race this time.

After a year of stinging rebukes, apologies and detailed plans to correct problems, officials said things appeared to be going smoothly in the hours leading up to Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race in the Bluegrass state.

“Whenever you have about 100,000 people showing up, you’ve always got concerns,” track manager Mark Simendinger said. “Trust me, I’ll have concerns until the last person leaves and we turn the lights out. But I’m really pleased with the way things are going.”

Thousands of fans were angered a year ago by horrible traffic congestion that resulted in many cars waiting so long to get to the track in rural Northern Kentucky that they were forced to turn around and head home before ever getting on the grounds.