Police: Coke Lot quieter than most years

Speedway, Ind. (WISH) — There were two reports of shots fired in the early-morning hours Sunday, but other than those incidents Indiana State Police tells 24-Hour News 8 it was a relatively quiet night.

“It wouldn’t be uncommon for us to have 25-30 arrests in a night, but that’s not the case tonight,” said Indiana State Police Captain Bob Burke.

More than 40 State Troopers in uniform roamed the Coke Lot, in addition to undercover police and officers from Speedway and IMPD. They were all watching out for any sign of trouble after a deadly shooting the night before.

“We still feel really safe, with all the police here. They do a really good job of taking care of everybody,” said race fan Glenn Harm.

“We have a cooler out there with Gatorade and water for them…so we take care of them, and they take great care of us out here,” said fan Tim Bartemus.

Many campers say they appreciate the police presence that allows them to freely enjoy all the festivities.

“We just come out here we camp Thursday through Sunday, and have a good time. Do a lot of people watching…and it’s just nothing like Indy,” said Harm.

“This is fantastic. It’s crazy. There’s people all over the place,” said Doug Duff.

For many people it’s the tradition that keeps drawing them back to the track every year. Several campers say they’ve been going out to the Coke Lot and camping out for decades. 24-Hour News 8 spoke with race fans from states all over the country, including Oklahoma, Minnesota and California.

Police say they were somewhat nervous about the crowds after the Jason Aldean concert, but that they were pleasantly surprised how smoothly everything moved. Indiana State Police say they did not change their tactics after the fatal shooting, but did meet up with officers from all the agencies to go over officer safety guidelines.

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