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Rain postponed Quaker State 400, but fans return Sunday

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- Like a bride with cold feet, Mother Nature's round of storms and rain showers Saturday night delayed NASCAR fans from renewing their vows of love with the Quaker State 400 at the Kentucky Speedway.

Saturday's rain left fans soaked with disappointment.

"He was upset... really upset," said one race fan, referring to her husband.

The race was postponed until Sunday at noon, when fans returned and were greeted by a mix of clouds and sunshine. But luckily, no rain.

"It was pretty terrible but I got a good buzz. I made it through (Saturday)," said Louis Eichberger, a NASCAR fan. "I sat in the rain (last night) until they said it was finally over."

Eichberger and his friends, camped out and forged ahead like thousands of others returning to the track Sunday for a second attempt to start the Quaker State 400. (Matt Kenseth went on to win the Sprint Cup race).

"We camped out about a mile down the road, I've been here for three days straight," Eichberger said.

 The race itself had its fair share of cautions and restarts. But the thousands who packed the Kentucky Speedway yet again didn't seem to mind the sunnier skies.

"Absolutely, the weather is looking a lot better today and we're having a blast man," said Steve White, who was attending his first Sprint Cup race at Sparta. "We were sure to come back today because we really wanted to see all the drivers."

Kentucky Speedway officials likely are glad fans returned as well, after traffic issues a couple of years ago threatened the track's public image with NASCAR and out-of-state fans. But among the race fans interviewed Sunday, that traffic snafu appears to be tiny bump in the road only seen in the review mirror of this long-standing relationship between race fans and the race.

"It's great, this is our first race and the cars are really roaring out there, it's awesome," White said.


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