Weather prompts officials to call early winner at ARCA race at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The few thousand folks still camped out at Kansas Speedway Friday night are calling themselves lucky that the worst of the storm passed them by.

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for the Kansas City metro area until 10 p.m. Friday.

Race officials declared an early winner at the ARCA race after 65 laps and warned fans it was time to clear out.

For the next hour, lightning moved closer and grew more threatening before the skies finally opened up, dumping rain for 40 minutes.

Race fans who paid as much as $1,000 for an infield camping spot said they were disappointed the race was called early but understand the safety concern.

"NASCAR does a great job," fan John Buringrud said.

Many of the fans are simply waiting for the rain to pass.

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