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Kansas officials: Expect longer waits

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- 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 interphases 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.

"We were the second race after 9/11, so for a lot of our staff they were trained with arguably the highest security profile our country has seen for events," he said. "We've never really relaxed those policies, because we've always felt that was the right thing to do."

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.

"But short of completely tearing apart a vehicle you have to rely on your fans are doing what you ask them to do to be safe," he said.

Warren said the ultimate goal, despite inconveniences, is to provide fan safety for Saturday's Truck Series race and Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Kansas.

"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."