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Kansas Speedway confident with security plan for weekend races

Updated: 2013-04-16T22:32:39Z

By RANDY COVITZ

The Kansas City Star

Kansas Speedway president Pat Warren is confident the track has sufficient security measures in place for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup races.

“We always work with Kansas City, Kansas, police, and the highway patrol, and there are conduits to other local state and federal authorities,” Warren said Tuesday, a day after twin explosions killed three and injured more than 100 at the Boston Marathon.

“We have an emergency action plan in place. We’re pretty buttoned up when it comes to security. We feel good about what we have in place. There will be things we do that we’re not going to talk about and people won’t see, but we feel we have in the past and will continue to operate a very safe environment for our fans.”

Kansas Speedway allows fans to bring in backpacks and soft coolers, and it may take a little extra time for those fans to be screened when they enter the track.

“I would probably budget a little bit more time for the backpack checks and the cooler checks,” Warren said. “You want to pay attention to that stuff. But I don’t think we’re going to have mile-long lines to the grandstands. We’re going to staff it well, and we’re ready for a big crowd, and we’re going to make sure everybody has a good time.”

This is the second time a race weekend at Kansas Speedway has followed a national tragedy. The first inaugural Sprint Cup weekend in September 2001 was the second NASCAR race following the 9/11 attacks.

To reach Randy Covitz, call 816-234-4796 or send email to rcovitz@kcstar.com.

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