10:59 AM AKDT, October 25, 2012
No matter who they're rooting for, thousands of fans are coming to Martinsville Speedway for the TUMS Fast Relief 500 to see them in person.
Until they arrive everything has to be screwed tight and tested <nats> from the race crews to the police headquarters.
"We have officers from all surrounding jurisdictions. Martinsville City Sheriff's Office, Martinsville City Police Department, Patrick County Sheriff's Office, Danville," said Lt. Steve Eanes with the Henry County Sheriff's Office.
Working the races comes second nature to him, but keeping drivers informed never gets old.
More than 100 officers will be stationed here securing the stands, escorting drivers and directing traffic.
A job that police say is simple if drivers pay attention.
"We've had an officer hit here working traffic going out of the speedway before." Eanes said. "Things are going to happen when you got as many vehicles and so forth going by."
Earlier this month, a state trooper was hit by a car and killed while directing traffic at the State Fair.
State Police say it was driver error that caused the accident.
This weekend law enforcement is urging race fans to be extra cautious.
State police say have plenty of patience and pay attention to signs and troopers. They'll be wearing traffic safety vests.
Also, turn down your radio and crack the windows to listen for whistles, horns or directions from troopers.
"Don't be texting. If you've been drinking in the race make sure you have a designated driver," Eanes said.
That's an order this driver is hearing clear.
"We're going to just hang loose for a while. Not get in the traffic," said a race fan.
Troopers will start directing traffic Saturday for the truck race and be in full force Sunday.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has already put up electronic signs and will be opening an access road to ease some of the traffic.
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