On Tuesday, Lancaster Motor Speedway (SC) joined several tracks in South Carolina in postponing or cancelling their racing events for this weekend, after Governor Henry McMaster issued an executive order prohibiting events with 50 or more people statewide among other measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
However, the venue posted on Facebook Wednesday that it was reversing Tuesday's decision and would proceed with its racing action on Saturday, March 21.
According to the post, as well as a statement on the track's website, it is a decision backed by local government officials.
"Lancaster Motor Speedway will return to racing Saturday March 21st with racing in Lightning Late Models, Crate Sportsman, Renegade, Pure Stock, Extreme 4, Thunder Bomber, and Young Guns 4. Pit gates will open at 4:00 PM with grandstand gates opening at 4:30 PM. Drivers meeting is set for 6:00 PM with racing to follow. Admission will be $13 in the grandstands and $25 in the pits with Kids 12 and under free.
"We have spoken with local officials concerning COVID-19 and they have informed us that we would not be breaking any laws if we proceeded with Saturday nights event. Local officials have given us the go-ahead to race as scheduled on March 21st.
The event is scheduled to begin with hot laps at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday.
Stay tuned to Speed51 for more information on short track racing amid the coronavirus pandemic.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor - Twitter: @ztevans
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