Montana Raceway Park in Kalispell, Montana has cancelled its 2020 racing season amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The track is best known as the home of the Montana 200, a major Super Late Model event for competitors in the Northwest.
"Race Fans, Racers and Sponsors, we regret to inform you Montana Raceway Park will not be hosting a 2020 Race Season due to the health concerns and gathering restrictions the Coronavirus has caused," the track said in a statement. "This was not an easy decision to make, however, the health and well-being of our supporters is our first priority along with the never-ending concern that the racing community ... is disappearing at an alarming and scary rate across North America."
The track had not released a 2020 schedule to date. Owen Riddle won the 2019 Montana 200, giving him three wins in the event which has been contested since the track opened in 1991.
"Montana Raceway Park has been a cornerstone of the Flathead alley for many years, making the racetrack a must-visit when in the valley," the statement adds.
"Racing has and always will hold a place in our hearts, and we want to thank all the people that have been involved with MRP over the past 30 years."
Stay tuned to Speed51 for continued updates on the coronavirus outbreak and its impact on short track racing.
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