Race fans brace for stormy weather at TMS

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by JIM DOUGLAS

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WFAA

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 8 at 6:27 PM

FORT WORTH — RVs and tents are popping up at Texas Motor Speedway for this weekend's races, but campers are worried about the weather.

Inside the luxury motor home of Bill and Carole Soutter, a computerized voice on the weather radio droned out a warning for Tuesday night into Wednesday: Possible high winds and hail.

"We won't stay in here if it comes," Mr. Soutter said. "This thing is a rolling coffin."

In another lot nearby, Hoby Smith checked the rigging on his tents, hoping they don't become sails.

"Very worried about Wednesday," he said. "I can take anything except sideways rain."

Smith joked that he has enough duct tape to hold everything together.

Campers say track employees do a great job keeping them informed about the weather and providing shelter in a storm. The concrete block rest rooms are designed to provide protection.

"TMS officials said fans can also find shelter inside track tunnels or the concourse beneath the grandstands if the weather turns violent.

E-mail jdouglas@wfaa.com

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