A pair of Virginia race tracks announced schedule adjustments due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Monday.
Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia and Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia both announced postponements to the start of their racing seasons.
Motor Mile Speedway's season will now start no earlier than May 15. Their season opener was scheduled for Saturday, April 25.
"Motor Mile Speedway & Dragway has suspended the start of its 2020 season through Friday, May 15th," the venue said in a statement. "Track management will make every effort to reschedule all speedway and dragway events affected by this scheduling adjustment.
"Track management will continue to monitor state and federal developments regarding event gatherings. We will take necessary action if state and/or federal directives require further adjustments to our calendar of events. Announcements will be published on www.motormilespeedway.com, www.motormiledragway.com, and social media if any further scheduling adjustments are required."
Meanwhile, Langley Speedway was scheduled to start its season on Saturday, March 28. That has now been postponed, along with an open practice session scheduled for this Saturday, March 21. The facility did not detail when racing may resume.
"Due to the current COVID 19 outbreak, Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway will be postponing the start of the 2020 season," said their press release. "This comes after the CDC and the state of Virginia have banned events of 100 or more people. Langley is closely monitoring the situation to determine when it will be safe to reopen. The open practice scheduled for March 21st has also been canceled. However, the track will be available for private testing Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm."
Stay tuned to Speed51 for continued updates on the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on short track racing.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor - Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Langley Speedway Facebook