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April 14th Race Cancelled at BriggsAuto.com Speedway

Heartland Park officials have cancelled tonight's Super Saturday Showdown race at BriggsAuto.com Speedway due to the potential of very dangerous storms in the Topeka area.  "We never like to cancel an event," says Heartland Park Topeka General Manager, Joe Douthitt, "but the safety of our fans, racers and staff comes first.  We received credible information from the Shawnee County EOC indicating that the threat is real, dangerous and potentially life threatening."  The race will be rescheduled for later in the season.

Some of the infomation we received to help make the decision to cancel includes:

ACTIVE WEATHER IS EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT 24
HOURS...WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF TORANDOES BEING SIGNIFICANT TONIGHT...AND INTO SUNDAY MORNING.

SHAWNEE COUNTY EOC HAS STEPPED UP TO STATUS
OF LEVEL 1 AS OF 1230 HRS. AT THIS TIME WE
ARE CONTINUING TO MONITOR THE WEATHER AND
INFORMATION.

..  North Central and central Kansas already have several active tornado warnings.

 ... THEY ARE CALLING THESE
STORM SYSTEMS AS BEING SIGNIFICANTLY DANGEROUS
AND THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE LONG TRACK STRONG
VIOLENT TORNADOES.

... Normally the sun going down helps to diminish the threat of tornadoes, but with the atmospheric set up we are facing, we are going to see tornadoes after sunset.
We are looking at three rounds
Round #1= through noon-1800 currently out west and starting right now for that area.
Round #2= although next threat not developed yet they see it starting in the Dodge City area and moving to us after or near 1800-sunset
Round #3= later this evening will move in and could become a nocturnal threat
Tornadic threat is not going to diminish until after midnight at the earliest. Even when the system develops into a squall line, there could be embedded tornadoes there.
Everywhere in NEKS is at high risk at this time. Anything in the 30% and above risk areas are prime locations for Tornadic Supercells. Very fast moving storms so there will be little lead time. There could be flooding with these Supercells in a narrow area through the robust nature of the rains that will fall. Hail expected can be ranged up to softball sized and will be widespread.

... Tornadoes, very large hail
Potentially a Dangerous Situation
Saturday evening/night…Rare setup that in the past has resulted in long lived strong to violent tornadoes through the night.

... Long track, strong to violent Tornadoes
Very large hail (Baseball+)
Greatest risk on Saturday afternoon/evening
Belleville south toward Wichita and all areas east of this line
From around 5pm through midnight
Fast moving storms (~40 mph)
Long track strong to violent tornadoes possible


... The TOR:CON values range from 0 to 10. A value of 4 means that there is about a 40% chance of a tornado
within 50 miles of a location in the specified area of severe thunderstorm activity. This also means that there is a
60% chance that a tornado will NOT occur.
Areas listed below have an above-average threat of having severe thunderstorms with damaging winds, hail,
and/or tornadoes for the specified days.

KS central - 9
KS east - 5
KS central, northeast night - 9
KS near Wichita night – 7