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Wind, rain doesn't deter NASCAR fans

Posted at 8:07 PM, Mar 06, 2016

If you weren't there yourself, you may have heard that things got off to a bumpy start Sunday at the NASCAR Kobalt 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

You can blame heavy winds and a little rain, but it wasn't long before the sky cleared. Some fans said it even added a little excitement to the event, getting them more riled up for the big race.

“People are diehard,” Mark Conoly told 13 Action News. “They love this thing and it doesn’t matter. Let's say for some reason it didn't go on and it was canceled, they'd be here tomorrow if they had to finish it up. Just diehard NASCAR fans and that's just the way it is."

The Kobalt 400 was set to start at 12:30 p.m., but when the clock struck noon, in came high winds and some rain, forcing drivers to cover their cars and pit crews to make sure their stations didn't blow away.

By about 1 p.m., the sun returned the track dried up and the fans got what they came for: speed, lots of noise, and a rush of adrenaline. Drivers raced for nearly three hours until the winner crossed the finish line.

Brad Keselowski took home the victory. It was a fun 3 days for all who came out to see the race.

"When they start the cars, there's nothing like it,” gushed one fan. “The adrenaline starts to go. You feel like you're in the car with them."