Officials from Carolina Speedway issued an update Thursday night in regards to the 2020 Skyler Trull Memorial, as it relates to the coronavirus pandemic. Later on Thursday, another release announced all racing at Carolina Speedway would be discontinued for the weekend, including Friday's action.
The original statement follows.
Carolina Speedway officials, Trull family and heads of the sanctioning series participating this weekend have made the following decision regarding this week's Skyler Trull Memorial.
Friday night, March 13 the show will go on as advertised.
Thunder Sportsman $600 to win
Pro 4 $500 to win
Thunder Bombers $500 to win
Lightning Late Models $800 to win
Pure Stock $400 to win
Hornets (Carolina rules) $400 to win
Flagpole Race $300 to win
Admission...…. Pits $25...….. Stands $15
Gates open at 4:00 for pits
Gates open at 5:00 for stands
Drive's meeting at 7:00
Hot laps to follow
Racing at 8:00.
The Saturday portion of the STM has been postponed to a later date to be announced. We know this will disappoint many fans and teams. We are disappointed as well. The weather is looking great for Saturday unlike last year when we suffered through many rain outs.
Many scenarios were considered. Canceling all three nights? Canceling Friday and Saturday? Cutting divisions and running all one night?
In the end, this is how we got here. We do not expect, and certainly are hoping that the virus will not affect many in our area. With that said, we still have to consider all that is going on in the sports world, places of work, churches, etc. Gaston County and the NC Governor have issued requests to limit large gatherings. We are outdoors, so we think we generally should be okay.
This race kicks off Carolina Speedway's season but also is to honor Skyler Trull. This STM race has always featured super late models so cutting them was not a reasonable option. The Friday night portion is not really a big gamble.
The Saturday night portion is a different story. Over $40,000 is needed just to break even. We all know some folks that have decided to stay close to home until some more clarity comes to the United States coronavirus situation. People are stocking up with plans to stay closer to home.
Maybe the country is in a complete state of over reaction? That is yet to be determined. We are reacting indeed but not to the virus necessarily, but to the complete unknown of how folks are going to live their lives. $40,000+ gamble the 1st night?
We would rather reschedule the big night to a later date after things settle down. We are in talks already for a make-up date.
As for next week and beyond, we are going to monitor all aspects of the situation before making any drastic decisions. Hopefully the precautions being taken nationwide will pay off. Hopefully in time all will understand.
-Text from Carolina Speedway/Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series Statement
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo