Preparing for its inaugural seasons, the Carolina Pro Late Model Series' first event will wait due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The series announced Monday it would postpone its season opener at Dillon Motor Speedway (SC) scheduled for March 20-21.
"Amidst the growing number of gathering bans here in the United States and around the world, Dillon Motor Speedway and CPLMS will follow the Governor's protocol regarding COVID-19, as well as, the protocol issued by the DHEC and the CDC, we will be postponing this weekend's racing (March 20-21).
"Our first priority is the well being of our fans, competitors, and staff. This weekend's race will be rescheduled for a later date as we continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation and rely on local authorities with regards to any further postponement of scheduled events as safety for our racing community remains our top priority. We want to thank everyone for your support and understanding."
The series' next scheduled event is April 4 at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC). Racing last Saturday at Hickory was cancelled just prior to the start of feature events due to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper's executive order banning large gatherings. The CARS Tour has also postponed its event at Hickory Motor Speedway scheduled for Saturday, March 21.
Should the April event be postponed in the coming weeks, the Carolina Pro Late Model Series would potentially kick off on May 9, also at Hickory.
Stay tuned to Speed51 for continued updates on the coronavirus' impact on short track racing.
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