Kansas Speedway preparing for stormy weather - KCTV5

Kansas Speedway preparing for stormy weather

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Thousands of NASCAR fans at Kansas Speedway are keeping an eye on the skies to see how their racing experience might be affected by severe weather.

Friday fans started arriving early in the morning to claim a spot on the speedway's camping grounds. As they wait for drivers to start their engines, some storms could put a damper on all the fun.

If rain enters the metro, the track will have to be dried before any races can continue. Races will have to be delayed if severe weather enters the picture.

Fans said they are going to take a wait-and-see approach when it comes to the weather, but they definitely won't let it impact their fun.

"We've been coming here for 12 years. It's a great experience. Great experience," Justin King said.

Most of the racing fans were not at all worried about the rain, but there is some concern about the threat of severe weather.

"It is kind of scary that there is no place to go out here, but you hope for the best. That's all you can do," Jerad King said.

"Where is the safety shelters that we need to go hide if it becomes that?" said Tim Pointer.

Fans watching the practice runs for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series said they are just hoping the races start on schedule and any severe weather stays away.

On its website, the Kansas Speedway notes the facility may not provide adequate protection from extremely high winds, tornadoes and lightning. It also notes there is no basement or tornado shelter on site and that personal protection is your responsibility.

"We'll take our chances," Jerad King said.

The Kings and others said that if rain and wind do come, they'll just hunker down in their trailers and wait it out.

KCTV5 Chief Meteorologist Chris Suchan said if there is severe weather and people are trapped on the infield or out in the open, their best option is to stay in their car with a seat belt on until the storm passes.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series takes place Friday and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be held Saturday.

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