Race fans relieved after storm downgraded




Posted on April 15, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Updated Sunday, Apr 15 at 2:48 PM

FORT WORTH -- Fans at Texas Motor Speedway who camped out after Saturday night’s race were relieved on Sunday to find out the forecasted storm had fizzled out.

The massive racing facility drew a crowd of 159,000 fans Saturday night, and thousands camped out overnight. 

Many kept a wary eye to the sky Sunday morning as they packed up their belongings and tried to head home in the midst of the potential for severe weather.
"I am watching this Texas weather blow through," said Mike Heard from Venus, Texas.

He spent the night in his truck and said he "slept like a baby" despite some wind and rain.
Many campers left the parking lot early Sunday in hopes of making it home before heavier storms moved through.

Fans were relieved they got the race in despite threatening skies and winds of 40 miles per hour.
Texas Motor Speedway reported no problems related to the weather.

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