Selinsgrove Speedway has announced it will postpone its season opening event, scheduled for March 21. The event was slated to be the first Modified event at the track since 2013, drawing the likes of Stewart Friesen and Matt Sheppard.
However, with ongoing concerns rising with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, track officials made the decision to postpone this weekend's event.
"The Saturday, March 21, season opener at Selinsgrove Speedway has been postponed in accordance with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s recommendations on the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic," reads the track's statement.
"Speedway officials will continue to monitor the pandemic situation and will make a decision next week on the Sunday, March 29, program featuring 410 sprint cars and super late models."
Selinsgrove Speedway officials acknowledged that, with many teams traveling from out-of-state for the Modified event, those factors were taken into consideration with the decision.
“While we were looking forward to the return of the modifieds this Saturday the responsible action to take at this time is to follow the state and federal guidelines on the Coronavirus pandemic,” said Speedway General Manager Steve Inch. “We also took into consideration many of the modified teams and fans would be traveling from New Jersey and New York where the virus has hit hardest. Everyone’s safety and well-being are the first priority.”
On Monday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf called for a shutdown of non-essential business activity in the state. However, when asked about dirt track racing events in the state, he clarified he would not shut down any events, instead imploring venues and racegoers to use their best judgement.
Earlier Tuesday, it was announced Port Royal Speedway would postpone its racing event for this weekend, including the Short Track Super Series and United Late Model Series.
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