KANSAS CITY, KAN. Kansas Speedway will increase security for next weekend's NASCAR races.
No backpacks, cases or large bags will be allowed into the track grandstands during the NASCAR Busch Series Mr. Goodcents 300 on Sept. 29, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Protection One 400 on Sept. 30 and the two practice and qualifying days leading up to the races.
Guests who must carry purses, fanny packs or scanner bags to the race track are asked to carry small ones no larger than the size of a standard shoe box. All purses, fanny packs and bags will be checked carefully at the gates.
"This is an especially difficult time for us all," Kansas Speedway President Grant Lynch said. "Our No. 1 concern at Kansas Speedway is the safety of our guests and of our drivers. In light of everything that's happened in the last week, we appreciate all of the fans and their understanding of the policies we have made."
Race fans who carry binoculars or cameras should take the items from their cases and carry them by hand.
Fans who carry large bags to the gates will be asked to return them to their cars. For security reasons, bags may not be left at the gates.
"We suggest fans bring as little as possible to the track," Lynch said.
Kansas Speedway is coordinating with local, state and national law enforcement on the heightened security at the speedway. Track officials are also drawing from the knowledge and experience of staffs from throughout International Speedway Corporation, Lynch said.
Coolers are not permitted at Kansas Speedway. No food or drinks may be brought through the gates. Strollers, umbrellas and scooters are also not allowed inside the speedway.
The NASCAR Busch Series Mr. Goodcents 300 begins at 1 p.m. Saturday; the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Protection One 400 begins at noon Sunday.
Both races will be broadcast live on NBC.