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Atlanta Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway offer refuge for hurricane evacuees


during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 28, 2016 in Hampton, Georgia.

Kevin C. Cox

Atlanta Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway announced Wednesday that they will offer refuge for Hurricane Irma evacuees.

There will be no charge for evacuees, including those from Florida and along the Gulf Coast, seeking temporary refuge from the approaching hurricane.

Starting Thursday, both tracks will offer parts of their respective campgrounds -- which will include hot shower and restroom facilities. In addition, both tracks will offer water hookups on gravel and grassy areas.

Talladega, which has the largest amount of property of any NASCAR racing facility, is opening its Winner’s Walk I reserved RV area outside turn one for both campers and RVs. There is also tent camping on the grass and gravel.

“Our track is committed to helping our friends in Florida and the surrounding states during this time of need,” Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch said. “We hope to provide a sense of relief by offering a place to stay for no charge for evacuees during this time of adversity. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the path of the storm.”

Meanwhile, Atlanta Motor Speedway is offering similar facilities for evacuees to park their vehicles or to pitch tents. Also, the Rinnai Shower Station camper bath house will allow evacuees free access to hot showers and restroom facilities.

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