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Kansas Speedway set to increase security after Boston tragedy

Apr 16, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

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If you’re heading out to the NASCAR races this weekend at Kansas Speedway, you can expect heightened levels of security following Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.

“People might notice a little bit of an increased police presence or something else, which is normal after an event like this,” track president Pat Warren told Bob Pockrass of the Sporting News. “But there will also be things they don’t see. What I would ask from our fans is to have patience when they’re at the gate, patience when they’re in the parking lot.

“Obviously, we’ll check bags, we check coolers, everything that we normally do. But if it takes a little bit longer this weekend, I hope people understand why that’s the case.”

Kansas is hosting both the Sprint Cup Series (STP 400, Sunday) and the Camping World Truck Series (SFP 250, Saturday) this weekend, with CWTS practice beginning the proceedings on Friday morning.

Warren would not go into specific details of his track’s security plan, saying that “we don’t want to share that information with people who want to do something bad.” However, Pockrass reports that Warren said his facility would not add metal detectors or change its existing gate policies. Soft-sided coolers up to 14x14x14 inches and school-size backpacks are among the list of items that fans are allowed to bring in, while firearms, sheath knives and fireworks are among those that aren’t.

Kansas Speedway opened in 2001 and can seat more than 81,000 people.

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