Management at Jukasa Motor Speedway has announced all events originally scheduled for the 2020 racing season have been postponed to 2021. This includes the prestigious Canadian Short Track Nationals scheduled for September 3-5, the highest-paying pavement Late Model race in North America.
In a press release, Jukasa Motor Speedway General Manager Alex Nagy outlined how COVID-19 restrictions, particularly with the Canada/United States border, made it unfeasible to contest racing events with fans this season.
"It was gut-wrenching to reach this conclusion", said Nagy. "At this time we are still limited to 100 fans due to COVID-19 restrictions, and with the Canada/USA border still closed it is not feasible to hold events this year, sadly including our huge Labour Day weekend event, the Canadian Short Track Nationals."
The Canadian Short Track Nationals would have celebrated its 3rd Annual running in 2020. In that short time, the event has already become one of the must-see events on the short track racing calendar. With a massive purse, the event routinely draws top Late Model racers from the United States to compete against Canada's finest short track competitors.
Bubba Pollard is undefeated in the Pro Late Model portion of the event, winning the race in both 2018 and 2019.
The 2020 Canadian Short Track Nationals anticipated a $500,000 (CAD) purse for the Maple Leaf 250 for Pro Late Models, with $175,000 going to the winner.
While originally scheduled events have been postponed, a handful of racing events planned as part of reimagined schedules for touring series will be contested at Jukasa without fans.
"The APC United Late Model Series, OSCAAR and the NASCAR Pinty's Series have events scheduled at Jukasa in September as part of their reconfigured condensed season that are not affected by the postponement to 2021 of originally scheduled events," states the track's press release. "These events on September 12th and September 26th are presently planned to be held with no fans; if the number of fans permitted increases, we will let you know. They will be televised or streamed; check our website or social channels for details."
Fans who have already purchased tickets or reserved camping spots for postponed events are encouraged to monitor Jukasa Motor Speedway's website and social media channels for further updates.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor - Twitter: @ztevans
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