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Race fans pack Kansas Speedway despite heightened security

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

It was a beautiful day for racing Sunday out at the Kansas Speedway, and even if it weren't, the place would still be packed.

Fans say they would have driven nearly to the ends of the Earth to see NASACR racing. About 100,000 people turned out Sunday, even with heightened security for the large crowds after last week's terror attacks in Boston.

Every cooler got a second look Sunday. A careful search of every backpack made sure people at the speedway felt safe after a week when nothing seemed certain.

"Things are different in our country, and we really do have to operate under a different set of rules and so when I came here I wasn't really concerned about the security, I knew it would be heightened," race fan Jeff Miller said.

But for most people, the day was really about an escape.

"Absolutely, everybody wants to think about something good, so this is a good way to do it, with 100,000 of your best friends," Nicole Holloway said.

Those friends also come with all different levels of racing expertise, and some will admit they need a lesson in NASCAR for dummies.

And who better to give that expertise than a high school assistant principal from southern Minnesota, schooling his wife on what makes a winner.

"It comes down to power plant, the engine, how you set up your chassis, and how you adjust things during the race," Miller said.

Miller described it like scaling a mountain with bare hands.

"You gotta have a lot of focus for that as well, but here, if you make a mistake, it can cost you a lot of, you know your life, in a sense." Miller said.

It is a challenge that 10-year-old Billy Bulloc already knows he wants to tackle, getting in a little practice with a track side video game Sunday.

"I would like to be No. 8, and it would be kind of cool for people to watch me race," Billy said.

Billy knows that he will have to work hard to become a racer and is ready for any obstacles he might have swerve in his life.

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