With Tropical Storm Gordon expected to bring heavy rain to the Indianapolis area this weekend, race officials have made the decision to cancel the inaugural Speed51 Super Select at Lucas Oil Raceway. Despite this unfortunate news, officials from Track Enterprises, the Champion Racing Association (CRA) and Speed51.com are pleased to announce that the inaugural Super Late Model All-Star Race will now be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019.
Race officials made the decision to cancel this year’s version of the event with the interest of the competitors in mind. With many teams traveling from as far away as California and New Hampshire to compete in this national event, the management team for the race wanted to save teams the additional expenses that could be involved with a weather-impacted event.
Currently, only the Super Late Model portion of Saturday’s scheduled activities at Lucas Oil Raceway have been canceled. The USAC Silver Crown Rich Vogler Classic remains on as previously scheduled.
“We are all truly bummed about the effects of this storm and the weather forecast for this event,” said Bob Dillner, co-promoter of the event. “We want the Speed51 Super Select to serve as a true all-star event for Super Late Model racing and we felt as though Mother Nature could have impacted that goal this weekend. We appreciate Bob Sargent and Adam Mackey from Track Enterprises, as well as Glenn Luckett, R.J. Scott and the entire group from the Champion Racing Association and the staff at Lucas Oil Raceway for sticking with us and supporting this unique event. All of us look forward to 2019 and making this event a can’t-miss race on the short track racing calendar.”
Once the decision was made to cancel the event Thursday morning, each team was reached out to on a person basis and informed of the decision. All of the teams were understanding and supportive of the decision.
“It was the best scenario for everyone,” said Hudson, New Hampshire driver Derek Griffith. “The weekend looked awful. It just kind of played out right. Instead of getting there, spending money and everything, it’s a lot easier on everyone to make the call like they did. I’m glad everyone took into consideration where people were coming from to race and made the call to save us a little bit of money, instead of wasting the weekend.”
Speed51.com, Track Enterprises and the Champion Racing Association offer a sincere thank you to our partners – RGS Products, Inc., PFC Brakes, Senneker Performance, Buzze Racing and Jerico Performance – all of which helped make this event a reality.
Stay tuned to Speed51.com in the coming weeks for more information about the inaugural Speed51 Super Select scheduled for September 7, 2019 during Brickyard 400 Weekend.
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