19 agencies prepare to keep fans safe at Battle at Bristol

Bristol Motor Speedway security includes metal detectors, K-9 officers

BRISTOL, TN (WJHL) – With over 150,000 people expected to attend the Battle at Bristol security is on the top of everyone’s mind.

Nineteen agencies from across the region are working together towards to keep fans safe. Bristol Motor Speedway’s General Manager, Jerry Caldwell, said its unlike any NASCAR race.

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“With our NASCAR events we are use to major security. This is those same lines and we’ll even be bigger and more intense,” Caldwell said.

Metal detectors were installed at the eight entrances surrounding the facility. Caldwell said there will also be a lot of law enforcement.

Major Tim Eads with Bristol Police Department said law enforcement will also be on hand to help drivers navigate the area. He said it is a team effort.

“Different agencies have different and unique resources that they can bring in to an event like this,” Major Eads said.

Along with metal detectors and security checkpoints, additional cameras and K-9 round out the security measures.

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