NASCAR & Auto Racing

Gas shortages, lines at pump being watched by track officials

Officials at Talladega Superspeedway and Lowe's Motor Speedway say they're keeping a hopeful watch on the gasoline situation in their areas and believe fans will be able to find fuel to get to and from the races over the next two weekends.

In Alabama, Talladega general manager Rick Humphries said officials there tell him there will be a "sufficient supply" for this weekend in spite of reports of shortages in areas east of the track, including the Oxford-Anniston are as well as Atlanta.

"The folks we have been in contact with tell us things are getting better daily," Humphries said.

"The more challenged areas appear to be east of the track; things appear to be better west of us toward Birmingham."

Humphries said one advantage Talladega has is that a large portion of its fans come in over the week leading up to Sunday's Amp Energy 500 and camp near the track. "So they don't all come in at once," he said. "There's more of a gradual build-up than at some other tracks."

Cars have been sitting in long lines to buy gas in Charlotte for more than a week, despite frequent promises that more fuel is on the way to the city.

Scott Cooper, vice president of communications for Lowe's Motor Speedway, said officials remain confident that the situation will improve before the Bank of America 500 on the weekend of Oct. 9-11.

"Our government officials have assured us this situation is temporary and that tankers and pipelines are focused on North Carolina," Cooper said. "Last week we had fans drive six hours to watch testing. We've already got campers from Wisconsin on property who are ready for the Bank of America 500.

"People are still passionate about NASCAR."