Several Pennsylvania race tracks opened its gates last weekend, proceeding with their racing programs in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Despite an extended shutdown announced for the state, its governor has not outlawed racing in the state.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf extended a shutdown order throughout the state of Pennsylvania on Monday, calling for nonessential business activity to end to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
However, that order will not forbid race tracks in Pennsylvania from proceeding with scheduled events. Wolf clarified he would not force cancellations of those events when asked during his address on Monday, instead encouraging caution and acting to the benefit of fellow citizens.
“I’m not going to force them to cancel,” said Governor Wolf. “This is something that all of us, 12.8 million Pennsylvanians, are all in this together. We owe it to each other not to expose them to any symptoms we might have or to expose friends or family members.
“People will be making their decisions on what they do with their lives all across the Commonwealth in the coming days, weeks and months. What we ought to do is think not, what should we do in terms of what the law is, but what should we do in terms of what we owe to our fellow citizens. That’s what I would ask to the people at the race course.”
Selinsgrove Speedway is among the Pennsylvania tracks planning to race this weekend. The venue is scheduled to host the Icebreaker 40, with Stewert Friesen and Matt Sheppard among the entrants.
Lincoln Speedway carried on with its 410 Sprint Car racing program last Saturday, and is scheduled to race again this Saturday.
Port Royal Speedway also hosted racing last weekend, and has a double-header weekend on tap for this weekend with the United Late Model Series competing Saturday and the Short Track Super Series on hand Sunday.
Williams Grove Speedway kicked off its 2020 season on Sunday, with Carson Macedo taking the win. 410 Sprints are scheduled to return to action at Williams Grove on Friday.
Path Valley Speedway Park is scheduled to open its 2020 season Saturday, with Limited Late Models headlining a five-division racing card.
BAPS Motor Speedway is currently scheduled to contest its Opening Day program on Saturday. The York Haven track cancelled its Test & Tune Session last week“ in an effort to keep employees safe and for the well-being of race teams and the fans traveling to the speedway” last week and said it would continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation.
Stay tuned to Speed51 for continued updates on the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on short track racing.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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