UPDATE: Heavy rains have forced the opening to Tuesday May 26th.
(Story originally posted Saturday May 16th)
While NASCAR resumes its season this weekend, race teams will be kicking up dust locally at Atomic Speedway Thursday May 21st. Brad McCown made the announcement during a Facebook Live broadcast Friday afternoon, saying “It’s time to go racin’.”
As with the stock car race at Darlington Sunday, dirt track excitement at Atomic will be without spectators. In addition, race teams will face social distancing restrictions in the pit area.
It will be the Scioto Valley Region’s first sports event since the state put a halt to such events due to the coronavirus pandemic in March.
“They gave us the go ahead to go without fans for now” McCown said of the approval by the Ross County Health District. “It’ll be drivers, plus four crew members. Everybody in the pits will pit 10 foot apart.”
Fans will be able to watch the action of The 410 Sprint Invitational via pay per view being telecast by Speed Shift TV. Then Friday May 29th, Late Models will line up at Atomic.
McCown also stated the dirt track has a new ownership partner, Chad Walters, in a deal completed Friday.