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Security Agents Face Busy NASCAR Weekend

LAS VEGAS -- NASCAR weekend is one of the biggest of the year for Las Vegas. But with it comes a difficult challenge for law enforcement trying to protect the 150,000 people in town from a possible terrorist attack.

It's a coordinated effort between federal, state and local agencies. They start looking for threats long before the cars hit the track. Every single car, trailer, or RV gets sniffed down by three highly-trained dogs before they get to enter the speedway. There are very real threats to events of this size.

If you do come to the race this weekend, you can't bring any weapons, ammunition, explosive devices or outside alcoholic beverages. U.S. Marshals and ATF agents don't take any chances.

"It's a proactive approach, not that I'm aware of any races that have been targeted, but the potential is there," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Jon Minnich. "Especially with today's times, it's for the safety of the public for us to be doing what we're doing out here."

Bomb dogs Suki, Ruthie and Bea are only two-years-old. They've been at the speedway since Monday and won't get a day off until the checkered flag drops on Sunday. They're food-reward dogs, so they get a treat for every firearm or explosive they find.

"If she did find something, then obviously we'd leave the area and depending on if it's something obvious in plain view that we could identify what it was," said Minnich.

In most cases, what they find is a training tool and not a threat. But they have to check anyway.

Mick Manning didn't mind stopping for a few minutes for the dogs to inspect his RV.  "It's a necessary thing in our world with terrorism and everything, you don't want to take any chances. I'm all for it," he said.