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August 9, 2013

Raceway looking for security options

With current Knoxville Raceway security heads possibly retiring next year, General Manager Brian Stickel is exploring options for track safety in 2014.

During the Nationals this week, CSC officers will be present to assist. Cost is approximately $7,000 to bring these additional officers in. Stickel thought it might serve as a trial run, to see if CSC would be a good fit to take over security for the track. The Marion County Fair Board and Stickel want to keep options open for security needs in the future.

This weekend’s races, like last week’s 360 Nationals, will include bag searches before entering the grandstands.

“We felt the Nationals was big enough we should be able to do it,” Stickel said. The searches are for everyone’s safety. One step that is in place for the races is a text alert system. Fans in the grandstand, who have a safety concern, can text “grandstand” to 46986. Stickel said he wants all fans to feel safe and comfortable while enjoying the races.

Stickel made these comments during Monday’s Fair Board meeting. He also reported to the board that there was a 15 percent increase in ticket sales for the 360 Nationals over last year. Ticket sales for the FVP Knoxville Nationals were on pace with 2012. He was hopeful that ticket sales, the day of each event, would push the track over to surpass last year’s figures.

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