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Fourteen fans barred from buying tickets at Talladega

5/2/2007

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Talladega Superspeedway has permanently
banned 14 fans from buying tickets at the speedway following their
arrests Sunday for throwing objects on the track after Jeff
Gordon's victory in the Aaron's 499.

The fans were charged with disorderly conduct Sunday and posted
bond at the track's jail facilities, Talladega County Sheriff Jerry
Studdard said. Track officials can't prevent the 14 fans from
buying tickets through a third party.

A number of fans began throwing beer cans after Gordon won the
race under caution, passing the late Dale Earnhardt -- a Talladega
favorite -- in career wins.

Talladega officials had issued warnings before the race that
fans caught throwing objects over the fence separating the
grandstands from the track would be arrested.

Superspeedway president Grant Lynch said identifying other fans
who threw objects was harder than he had imagined.

"At a baseball game where everybody is sitting down, it's easy
to see someone stand up and throw an object onto the field," Lynch
said. "I was looking at a section that probably had 300 people in
it, and they were all standing up, waving their arms and their
caps, and I couldn't pinpoint where any of the objects were coming
from."

Track officials added security following a similar incident
after Gordon's victory in 2004, and said they will review Sunday's
incident to see if more changes are needed.

Fans are allowed to bring small coolers into the track, and also
can buy canned beverages at concession stands.