KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The green flag must wait for another week at Kingsport Speedway.

A forecast of rain and cool temperatures has forced the season-opening Food City 175 that was scheduled for this Saturday, March 18 to be placed on hold until next Saturday, March 25.

Speedway officials have been closely monitoring the weather and feel that this is the best call for everyone.

“No one wants to see the green flag wave more than us,” said Karen Tunnell, Kingsport Speedway general manager. “However, we feel it is in everyone’s best interest to postpone the first race until next weekend.

“We want the season opener to be fun and exciting, not cold and full of rain, so we’ll try again next week.”

Recent bad weather, including snow today in the Tri-Cities, has also hindered pre-season preparations. Tunnell stated that another week will have the facility in even better shape.

“We’ve been working countless hours to get ready for the season opener and we’re certainly ready, but another week will help us even more, so that’s a positive in the postponement. I’m so proud of how much work the team has done and helping out while I’ve been away dealing with a serious family medical issue.”

The schedule and event details will carry over into next weekend’s race. Grandstands will open at 11 a.m. and racing will begin at 2 p.m.

The Kingsport Speedway Tailgate Party that was scheduled for Friday at the Food City on Clinchfield Street in Kingsport has been moved to next Friday, March 24.

More information will be provided via the Kingsport Speedway website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and by phone at (423) 288-5992.

-Kingsport Speedway Press Release.  Photo Credit: Kingsport Speedway

Kingsport Speedway Postpones 2017 Season Opener