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NASCAR fans remain undaunted by possible severe weather

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A potential weather problems loom large over Saturday's Quaker State 400, event organizers say they are prepared to handle 100,000 NASCAR fans. 

The Kentucky Speedway believes it has solved its parking and traffic issues, but there’s one thing the track can’t control: the weather.

The race may be the second biggest sporting event in the state after the Derby, but there’s no doubt it’s the loudest. The race is also the hottest, but the track says it’s ready for the heat.

Tim Bray, Director of Communications for Kentucky Speedway, says, "It’s making sure fans have plenty of beverages and plenty of water. We encourage fans to find as much shade as they possibly can."

There are cool zones this year, where we found fans can congregate, enjoy some shade and cool water. On the track itself, the temperature can be 20 degrees hotter than it is in the stands.

"You just try to eat right, drink plenty of Gatorade, stay hydrated, and get plenty of rest before the race," said NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth, who has his sights set on victory this week. "Other than that, there’s not a lot you can do about it. You just gotta learn to deal with the conditions and deal with them better than everyone else."

In the event of severe weather, officials say there is an evacuation plan in place.

“We do all the precautions for our fans, make sure they’re aware of it, make sure our campers are aware if we get in a situation like that," Bray said.

For hardcore NASCAR fans, it would take more than a little bit of rough weather to dampen their day.

"I’ve been in the heat, but I’ve also been in the snow at Bristol [Motor Speedway]," said Michael Trent, one of the thousands of fans here for the race. "I’d rather see it hot than see it cold. You have to stay in the camper too much then, can’t have no fun.”

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