Archive for Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Security tightened for races

September 26, 2001

Security will be stepped up at this weekend's races at the Kansas Speedway.

Because of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, speedway officials have enacted stricter security measures.

No backpacks, cases or large bags will be allowed into the track grandstands during the NASCAR Busch Series Mr. Goodcents 300 on Saturday, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Protection One 400 on Sunday and the two practice and qualifying days leading up to the races.

Guests who must carry purses, fanny packs or scanner bags to the race track are asked to carry small ones. All of these must be smaller than 6 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches about the size of a standard shoebox. All purses, fanny packs and bags will be checked carefully at the gates.

"This is an especially difficult time for us all," speedway President Grant Lynch said. "Our number-one concern at Kansas Speedway is the safety of our guests and of our drivers. In light of everything that's happened in the last week, we appreciate all of the fans and their understanding of the policies we have made."

Here are some additional changes:

Race fans who carry binoculars or cameras should take those items from their cases and carry them by hand.

Foot traffic in and out of the grandstand gates will move more efficiently and quickly if race fans adhere to the policies prior to arriving at the track gates. Those who carry large bags to the gates will be asked to return them to their cars. For security reasons, bags may not be left at the gates. "We suggest fans bring as little as possible to the track," Lynch said.

Coolers are not permitted at Kansas Speedway. No food or drinks may be brought through the gates. Strollers, umbrellas and scooters are also not allowed inside the speedway.

Track officials also suggest that fans arrive at the speedway early. With 100,000 people expected to attend the races, it is important for race fans to arrive early. Parking lots open at 7 a.m.; gates open at 8 a.m. The NASCAR Busch Series Mr. Goodcents 300 begins at 1 p.m. Saturday; the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Protection One 400 begins at noon Sunday. Both races will be broadcast live on NBC.

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