Jennerstown Speedway announced on Friday that, due to state regulations, the facility remains closed at this time. As a result, they have postponed the upcoming NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at the facility scheduled for May 23.
“On Friday, May 1, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf announced a list of 24 counties that are scheduled to transition from Red to Yellow,” reads the post. “Unfortunately, Somerset County was not listed as one of those counties despite having numbers to fit the established criteria.
“At this time the speedway must remain closed. Much to our disappointment, the highly anticipated May 23 Whelen Modified Tour event will be postponed to a later date. Once the state restrictions are lifted, a date will be announced.
“As difficult of a decision as it was, the speedway felt it was only responsible to postpone the Whelen Modified Tour race. Given the uncertain exact timeline of reopening of Somerset County, the speedway wanted to provide a reasonable timeline for possible adjustments to the reopening process while providing traveling teams enough time to adjust and create a successful event for the competitors and fans.”
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule has been dramatically altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with events at South Boston Speedway, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Stafford Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway already postponed.
The next event scheduled for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is Saturday, June 6 at Seekonk Speedway. This is subject to change based on other scheduling adjustments or further postponements. The Spring Sizzler at Stafford had initially been rescheduled for May 30-31, but has since been postponed until further notice, with no announced date on their schedule.
The Jennerstown Speedway NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event will be the series' first race at the Pennsylvania .522-mile track since the late Ted Christopher won there in 2006.
Stay tuned to Speed51 for further scheduling updates in short track racing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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