Ford uses the inactive Kentucky Speedway as a storage facility. And you can see the trucks in the parking lots surrounding the speedway from space.
Kentucky Speedway in Sparta opened in 2000 and hosted NASCAR races at the track until 2020. The track has not been used for racing after it was left off the 2021 NASCAR schedule and its extensive parking spaces are already in use now by Ford thanks to the semiconductor shortage that has plagued the auto industry since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ford has been parking unfinished F150 trucks at the speedway since spring and the number of trucks on the track continues to grow. Just look at how many trucks are sitting in parking lots this month while Ford waits to get the parts it needs to finish the trucks and ship them to buyers and dealers. This week, unfinished trucks are taking up most of the track’s parking spaces in every satellite image.
Kentucky Speedway is less than two hours from Ford’s Louisville assembly plant. That plant is the main place where Ford trucks are built.
The automaker said earlier this week that it currently has more than 40,000 trucks and SUVs that it can’t finish due to a lack of parts. This is not the only manufacturer facing the same situation. GM also has thousands of unfinished cars waiting for parts.
At least Ford is looking for gear for Kentucky Speedway after NASCAR said goodbye to the Speedway Motorsports-owned track. Kentucky hosted top Cup Series races from 2011-20 but struggled with attendance problems in its final years after terrible traffic issues before and after the first few Cup Series races. Located between Louisville and Cincinnati on Interstate 71, the track has only one main road to and from the facility.