You often hear people refer to the month of July as the “heat of the Short Track Racing schedule,” and this weekend will be the hottest of the 2016 campaign, literally. Scorching hot temperatures are expected to impact racing all over the country.
On Thursday morning, Kalamazoo Speedway canceled their racing program for Saturday, July 22 due to a heat advisory that is in effect in Southern Michigan.
“With heat index temperatures expected to reach or exceed 100 degrees, conditions would be miserable and dangerous not only for fans but also for the teams and drivers,” said Kalamazoo officials in a press release.
Kalamazoo Speedway will return to action for their next scheduled program on Friday, July 29.
Temperatures across the country are expected to soar this weekend for many racing events including; the ARCA/CRA Super Series & ARCA Racing Series event at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis where the heat index is forecasted for 106 degrees. Events in the Carolinas at Bowman Gray Stadium, Caraway Speedway, Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Millbridge Speedway, and Orange County Speedway are expected to have heat indexes above 100 Saturday. A similar forecast in the Northeast is predicted on both Friday and Saturday with the possibility of severe storms Friday.
With all of this being said, it is extremely important for racers, fans and crews to stay hydrated this weekend. Bring plenty of water to the race track and be sure to take whatever steps possible to stay cool.
We here at Speed51 also wish fans, teams, and track officials a good, safe and fun weekend of racing.
If any other race tracks or series choose to cancel their racing program, we’ll have that news on Speed51.com.
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com State Editor (CT, MA, Long Island) – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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