Race fans react to rain delay

BRISTOL, Tenn. - The news of a rain delay quickly spread through the campgrounds around the Bristol Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Around noon BMS General Manager Jerry Caldwell released a statement saying in part: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Pre-Race and Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway are on hold due to weather.

Even though the afternoon races were delayed Floridians Sandy Arrowood and Vanessa Waldron say they weren't bored in their tents.

"We've got the comforts from home that we need. We're tent camping, we've got a tent city going on," said Vanessa Waldron, a race fan.

Arrowood and Waldron tell News 5 they've been camping since last Sunday and they've seen sunshine, snow and rain, but they haven't been deterred by Mother Nature's mood changes.

"Everybody kind of hung out and waited and when they announced that they were starting driver introductions, you ought to have heard the crowd. Everybody went through the campground saying 'woo hoo',"said Sandy Arrowood.

But the back and forth weather hasn't helped of one campground venders we spoke, who says this year's sales have dropped by double-digits for his tent-convenience store and he blames is all on the weather.

Around 2 p.m. race fans put on their rain gear and walked through puddles and mud to the track.

Sandy Arrowood tells us she has everything she needs in her tent and she doesn't have to shop at campground venders, because when she and her friends come to Bristol they are prepared for anything.

"Just bring everything you possibly think you could ever need, bring it with you because you will need," said Arrowood.

Another rain delay stopped the race around 4 p.m. The rain moved out about 3 hours later and the drivers restarted their engines once again.

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