Temperatures crossed the hundred degree mark in Sparta Friday afternoon, but it was even hotter at Kentucky Speedway. The temperature got up to 141 degrees on the track.
As those scorching temperatures bake the Speedway, fans did what they could Friday to get some much needed relief. Many told NEWSFIRST they searched for shade anywhere they could.
The Speedway set up Cool Zones around the track where race fans can get free water and get out of the sun. "You need to make sure you get those breaks and don't get behind because we still want people to enjoy the race once the sun goes down," said Speedway Dr. Ryan Stanton.
Dr. Stanton says the extreme heat is one of their main concerns for Saturday's Quaker State 400. "Luckily we haven't had anything serious. Most people we just let cool down a little bit, give them a little fluids, and gotten them on their way," said Dr. Stanton.
He says one of best ways to stay cool at the track is to wear clothes appropriate for the weather. "Make sure you wear light, loose-fitting clothing, a hat to protect the face, neck, areas of the ears."
Medical officials at the Speedway say if you're planning to come out for the race on Saturday you need to start drinking water before you even leave home and continue hydrating yourself throughout the day.
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