Kansas officials: Expect longer waits

Fans attending NASCAR events at Kansas Speedway this weekend should expect slightly longer waits for security checks as a part of heightened security due to Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon. "We've had several meetings with our local contact with the Kansas police department which interfaces with Homeland Security and the FBI," track president Pat Warren said on Tuesday.

"We don't discuss publicly the things we do because we don't want somebody who might do something bad to know what our plans, policies and procedures are. What I would say is that we treat every event seriously, and we treat the safety and security of our fans seriously. Probably it's a good idea for people to plan on a little more time getting through the gates, having their backpacks checked, their coolers checked, those kind of things."

Warren said track security policies and procedures are the same now that were put in place after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. In regards to a fan dying of a self-inflicted gunshot during last weekend's Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, Warren said it always has been track policy based on state and local law not to allow weapons at events.

"Certainly we're paying attention to what happened at Boston and we're not ignoring that," he said. "The policies and procedures we have in place we feel are sufficient. Certainly people are going to be paying more attention." ESPN

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