During Saturday’s CARS Tour drivers’ meeting at Hickory Motor Speedway, the series announced that a crew member who attended the series’ event last week at Ace Speedway had tested positive for COVID-19 in the days following the event.
Series officials did not confirm the identity of that person or which race team they were a part of. Officials also instructed teams to act safely and responsibly while at the race track.
Last week’s Race at Ace 125 marked the return of the CARS Late Model Stock Tour. The CARS Super Late Models were not part of the event, but are on the schedule for Saturday’s event at Hickory, their first series race since March 9 at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC).
While the event was the first for the CARS Tour since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, it was the third consecutive week of racing at Ace Speedway. Earlier this week, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper ordered the closure of Ace Speedway, declaring it an “imminent hazard” after hosting those events with attendance figures greatly exceeding the 25-person maximum currently allowed by the state.
Before last week’s event at Ace Speedway, as well as Saturday’s race at Hickory Motor Speedway, competitors and media members were sent an email outlining mandatory procedures while attending those events. Among the procedures outlined were mandatory usage of masks while going through technical inspection, getting tires or working within a large group of people, as well as in victory lane. The series also adjusted procedures for pre-race ceremonies, hauler parking and media availabilities.
Following state regulations, Saturday’s event at Hickory Motor Speedway is being held without fans in attendance.
Speed51 will have coverage of Saturday’s event on Twitter at @Speed51LM. Speed51 premium subscribers will also be able to watch a recap of Saturday’s event in the coming days.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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