Texas Motor Speedway Untouched by Severe Weather

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 29, 2000) - It is business as usual at Texas Motor Speedway following severe weather that struck the Fort Worth area late Tuesday. The storms, which included tornadoes, caused substantial damage to areas well south of ...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 29, 2000) - It is business as usual at Texas Motor Speedway following severe weather that struck the Fort Worth area late Tuesday. The storms, which included tornadoes, caused substantial damage to areas well south of Texas Motor Speedway including the downtown Fort Worth and South Arlington areas.

"We were very lucky that the storms missed us," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "The speedway sustained absolutely no damage and our fans in the campgrounds, as well as employees, are fine."

The speedway works with the local weather service in Fort Worth to monitor all weather activity that would affect the speedway. The speedway was first alerted to the potential for severe weather around 4 p.m. CST on Tuesday afternoon. Speedway security immediately began patrolling the campgrounds to warn campers of the potential threat, asking them to take cover and secure loose items.

"We were concerned for the safety of our fans," said Gossage. "We had rain but the most severe weather was 20 miles or so to the south and east of us. Getting to our fans as a precaution was a priority."

"The speedway, in conjunction with the City of Fort Worth, has always had an emergency plan in place," said Gossage. "We are always cognizant of the potential for severe weather here in North Texas and will always work to try and make our fans as safe as possible."

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