After Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced a statewide ban of events with more than 100 people Sunday in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Southside Speedway has postponed its season opener and canceled an open practice for this Saturday.
Southside Speedway cited the ban as well as a US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendation that no gatherings with more than 50 people should take place in a statement on the track website.
“Governor Ralph Northam has banned gatherings of more than 100 people statewide, and the CDC has recommended that organizers cancel or postpone events with 50 people or more,” reads the statement.
“In light of these new developments, Southside Speedway will not hold open practice, previously scheduled for this Saturday, March 21. In addition, the first race of the season will be postponed.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updated information. Please join us in praying for our community and for our country. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the ‘Toughest Short Track in the South!'”
Southside’s season was scheduled to begin on Friday, March 27 with the J.M. Wilkinson Memorial, headlined by a 40-lap Late Model Stock feature. The next scheduled event for the facility is Friday, April 10.
Stay tuned to Speed51 for further updates on the coronavirus outbreak.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Southside Speedway Facebook