By Alan Shope, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -
NASCAR fans and Kansas Speedway officials were on alert as dark storm clouds rolled through the metro Saturday.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races were delayed about 30 minutes from the start as dark clouds rolled through, but only a handful of raindrops came down at the beginning of the race. Kansas Speedway officials didn't even need to use their track dryers. Winds did gust at about 25 miles an hour at times.
After about 10 red-light laps the track was given the OK, and the evening race started.
Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren spoke before the race started about bad weather plans. He said at venues like theirs, with upwards of 75,000 people, it's hard to try to make sure everyone is safe, but they do what they can.
"If we have enough warning we'll stop the race, allow people to clear the grandstands and get to an area of safety," Warren said. "Everybody has to have an individual plan. We don't have enough shelter at the Speedway, and most major sports venues don't. You can't build a tornado shelter for 75,000 people at a place like this and so the key is advance warning, people paying attention and knowing their plan."
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