TMS has plan in place, should severe weather strike



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Posted on April 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 13 at 12:29 PM

FORT WORTH - Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said they have a plan in the event severe weather targets the track on race weekend.

"For every type of weather, we have a contingency plan in place," Gossage said. "Hopefully, we don’t have to use it."

They will host more than 100,000 spectators for this weekend's NASCAR race.

On race weekend, the track has meteorologists from the National Weather Service, as well as a NASCAR weather team, watching the skies. In the event of a tornado, they would deliver information on the public announcement system and on television screens.

Their plan includes turning the massive track and its restroom facilities, tunnels, and buildings into shelters.
"We don’t want to send them to their cars," Gossage said. "We’ve got a lot of people camping here. We don’t want to send them to their campers. We want to shelter them with the use of the facility and that’s the best plan." 
Terry Jones recalled one race weekend at TMS a few years ago when she and her family went scrambling for cover.

"The sirens were going off, and we really didn’t know where to go," Jones said. "The tunnel was our only choice, but there were 100,000 people here."

They took cover in their camper.

"I don’t know what we could have done… we're at the mercy of hoping it doesn’t touch down here," she said.  

But as the race weekend approaches, few here seem to have much concern about any sever weather. Instead, they're getting ready for the green flag to drop on race day.