First, I was sitting just before the start/finish line listening to Mark Martin's radio, and I was hearing Rodney Childers (Martin's Crew Chief) telling Martin how much longer until the rain came. The internet and cell phone service had been slow at the track all day because of the sheer volume of people who were texting/calling/tweeting throughout the day. But thankfully, I have Pocono Raceway's tweets sent to my phone as text messages, so I did receive the tweet that said that a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the track. Unfortunately, an announcement was not made at the time it was issued.
What I saw in the car was stunning. In the middle of the storm, there were multiple people trying to take down their big tents and overhangs that they had set up before the race. While lightning was off in the distance, all of these people were playing around with big metal poles sticking in the air.
Unfortunately, this whole situation could have been avoided, and it's sad to see that someone had to die. But instead of placing blame and talking about what we could have done, let's honor those who were victims and change the policy for what is to be done in the future when severe weather is approaching the track. NASCAR should learn from this mistake and make changes so that this never happens again.