Monday, April 29, 2013

NASCAR Warns Teams To Be Vigilant For Errant Backpacks, Packages

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, NASCAR teams have been warned by the sanctioning body to be on the lookout for errant backpacks and other packages in the garage area. 

NASCAR called a special, crew chiefs-only meeting Saturday morning at Richmond International Raceway, asking race teams to increase their level of vigilance this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway and beyond. The warning is not believed to be the result of any specific threat against NASCAR or Talladega Superspeedway, but part of a broader focus on safety at major sporting events across the country. 

“They asked us to keep our eyes open,” said one NASCAR crewman, on the condition of anonymity. “They want us to monitor our garage stalls more closely, to make sure there is nothing there that doesn’t belong.   

“I didn’t get the impression that there was any specific threat,” he said. “It was just a request to stay vigilant.” 

Three marathon spectators were killed in the terrorist attack; eight-year old Martin Richard; Krystle Campbell, 29 and Lingzi Lu, 23. MIT police officer Sean Collier, 26, also lost his life, allegedly after being shot by the bombing suspects while sitting in his patrol vehicle. More than 260 others were injured, many of whom remain hospitalized at this time.

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