Originally created 09/25/01

Coolers still allowed at Lowe's Motor Speedway



CONCORD, N.C. -- Lowe's Motor Speedway said Monday it will still allow fans to bring coolers into the stands at its race next month.

Coolers, a tradition among race fans, have been banned at many tracks in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

Dover Downs International was the first track to prohibit them, banning them from its race on Sunday. Since then, International Speedway Corp., which owns Daytona and several other tracks, said it would also ban coolers, backpacks and large camera bags.

But Lowe's said it is not participating in the ban, although the track said it would continue its policy of searching the coolers as fans carry them into the track at the UAW-GM Quality 500 on Oct. 6.

Lowe's limits coolers to a maximum of 14 inches and no glass bottles or containers are permitted.