Storm Rolls Through Before All-Star Race

CONCORD, NC – Heavy thunder and lighting sent race fans scrambling for cover Saturday night before the All-Star Race. A storm passed over Charlotte Motor Speedway just before qualifying was set to get underway.

Fans tried their best to stay dry and were evacuated from the stands to a covered concourse.

But bad weather so far this weekend hasn’t dampened the excitement for many we talked with.

Tony Sianni is thankful tonight’s race wasn’t postponed. He flew down from Delaware and says his ticket was a Christmas present.

He says he wouldn’t have been able to come back Sunday. “We actually fly out tomorrow,” he says.

Moving the race to Sunday could have had a major impact on many visiting the area.

According to the Speedway, the 10 days of Thunder attract visitors from 15 different countries and all 50 states. It also brings in an estimated $230 Million economic impact.

First time race attendee Duane Brownie decided to detour here on the way home from a business trip.

He says he didn’t mind a little rain, especially compared to the weather back home in Minnesota.

“It’s cold. We left last week. And it’s snowing actually,” he says.

And Dana Horne says she’s still impressed with the amount of fans who braved the weather. She says nothing will stop dedicated fans.

“These NASCAR fans will keep coming back for more,” she laughs.