Kansas Speedway hosts first night race amid stormy forecast

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Thousands of fans are headed to Kansas Speedway this weekend for NASCAR's inaugural night race and preparing for storms is part of their plans.

The 5-hour Energy 400 will be the first Saturday Sprint Cup at Kansas Speedway since it opened in 2001.

Speedway officials are also keeping a close eye on the weather to keep fans safe. Race fans drive in from miles around to pull into the Kansas Speedway neighborhoods.  Fans line the streets with RVs and campers to watch the race from the infield.

Visitors from 49 states and nine different countries will experience the night race and possibly see the volatility of Kansas' severe weather season.

Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren said they monitor weather conditions, but remind fans that safety is everyone’s personal responsibility.

"We cannot provide, no big sports facility can provide, adequate protection in the event of a tornado. It's just not possible. We do everything we can to communicate with our fans and encourage them to track weather on their own. They can sign up instant messaging from us," Warren said.

The race starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

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