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Old 07-10-05, 04:58 PM
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Nascar Fans - Atlanta Motor Speedway destroyed

didnt see a post on this and just saw the news today



HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Motor Speedway looks as if it was in a high-speed crash.

Entire sections of its grandstand and luxury boxes are shredded. Oak trees, flagpoles and a light tower are snapped. On some of the speedway's condominiums, the roof is caved in, windows are shattered.

Every structure at the facility, which hosts NASCAR races and smaller events, was roughed up by a half-mile-wide tornado spawned Wednesday night by the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy.

"Everything but the track surface has suffered some kind of damage... There are some buildings that will have to be torn down,'' said Speedway President Ed Clark, who estimated $25 million to $40 million in damage at the speedway.

While the speedway's races for the next week have been canceled, NASCAR's Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 -- set for Oct. 30 -- will go on as planned, Clark said. "We'll be here and we'll be running the race as scheduled,'' he said.

The bowl shape of the speedway helped the tornado form and it eventually remained on the ground for about four miles, also hitting the Tara Field airport in Hampton, the National Weather Service said. Four planes were overturned and two hangars were damaged at the airport.

Lans Rothfusz, the meterologist in charge at the National Weather Service's Peachtree City office, said a preliminary investigation indicated the tornado was a category F-2, which typically have wind speeds of 113 mph to 157 mph.

Eslewhere in Georgia, at least two deaths and severe damage to homes and businesses were also blamed on the storm system that knocked down trees, blew off roofs and dumped more than 5 inches of rain as it moved Wednesday night through north and west Georgia.
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Old 07-10-05, 06:14 PM
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Oh the humanity!!!!
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Old 07-11-05, 12:27 AM
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Seems obvious to me. God hates Nascar.

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Seriously though, this is one of my favorite tracks...will it be ok for the fall race?
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Old 07-11-05, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Lee Harvey Oswald
Seriously though, this is one of my favorite tracks...will it be ok for the fall race?
the speedway president said it would be fine for the october race, but i dont see how they can rebuild all that so fast
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Originally Posted by TaTTooD
the speedway president said it would be fine for the october race, but i dont see how they can rebuild all that so fast
I guess if I should have read the article in the first post. The original post on Nascar didn't mention if it would be ok or not.
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Old 07-13-05, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by TaTTooD
the speedway president said it would be fine for the october race, but i dont see how they can rebuild all that so fast

They will have the grandstands ready for the October race. The condo's might have to wait until the winter but they will defintely be racing. It would cost them to much if they had to cancel the race.
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Here are some more pics:

http://lpe.ajc.com/gallery/view/metro/0705/storm/14
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There should be a yellow flag for debris ?

Seriously, that's a shame. Atlanta was a beautiful track.
I hope they can get it inshape for the October race.
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