The highly-anticipated return of stock car racing to Gresham Motorsports Park (GA) has been delayed until October. Due to the unknowns surrounding the regulations and what event officials, teams and spectators can and cannot do during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Peach State Classic has been postponed.
Event officials have postponed the event to the previously announced backup weekend. That weekend is October 23-25, but there is no race date specified as of yet due to the fact that the NASCAR schedule is not decided upon for the rest of the year.
“Without clarity on what we would be able to do on the original scheduled weekend, we felt it was in the best interest of the race, the track, the racers and the fans to postpone till October,” said Bob Dillner, co-promoter of the Peach State Classic.
“We want the Peach State Classic to be what it was building up to be, an unbelievable event that brings a track back to life. We will work diligently with the local community and our partners to make the October event special and the track that Jim Gresham put his heart and soul in.”
Those who purchased advance tickets, as well as camping and trackside parking, will still be honored on the October weekend.
Anticipation is high for the Peach State Classic, as it will be the first short track event at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, GA in more than six years. The event will be the first race at the half-mile oval since the 2014 World Crown 300, won by Georgia native Casey Roderick.
The Wheelman Racing Series and Pro Trucks will compete on Saturday, May 16 to start the Peach State Classic. The Modifieds of Mayhem and the Super Late Models of the Southern Super Series and CARS Tour will then take center stage on Sunday, May 17.
The headlining Super Late Model feature will boast a five-digit purse, with the race paying at least $10,000 to win.
If you are interested in any aspect of the Peach State Classic, please contact event staff at [email protected]. The track is looking for people to work the event, help prior to the event and anyone who may want to have a lucrative sponsorship or advertising package as part of the event.
Those interested in purchasing tickets, as well as trackside parking and camping, for October 23-25 are encouraged to visit racegmp.com/tickets.
Fans and teams can keep up with the latest news and updates regarding the Peach State Classic by visiting Gresham Motorsports Park’s internet home at racegmp.com. Fans can also follow @RaceGMP on Twitter, like Gresham Motorsports Park on Facebook or follow @greshammp on Instagram.
-RaceGMP Events Press Release
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