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For some tracks, green flags fly for auto races – By Holly Vanorse Spicer – Republican Journal


By Holly Vanorse Spicer | Jul 15, 2020

As tracks continue to adapt to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Oxford Plains Speedway welcomed racing back on June 27 with the Oxford Acceleration Series Wednesday and Saturday night divisions.

On June 28, the Coastal Auto Parts 150, ACT 150, and Pro All-Star Series Mods hit the track for a day of racing.

Although racing has started at Oxford, no fans are allowed in the front grandstands at the track. Drivers and teams have to adhere to state safety guidelines.

Teams have been instructed to wait in their haulers until they have been directed to their pit area. Teams also have to follow the state’s social-distancing guidelines, and keep their group sizes limited.

Racing events are held in rounds. The first round teams, after racing has been completed, need to leave the pit, and the next round of racers are not allowed to enter until the area has been cleared.

Oxford Plains has kept fans updated on where they can watch races, and also have said they will inform everyone as soon as they can get fans back into the grandstand.

Speedway 95 in Hermon was not far behind in getting racing going.

On July 1, their Wacky Wednesday series left the pits, and took to the track. The Saturday Night divisions took up position on July 10.

Fans are not allowed to attend, per state guidelines. Although the speedway stated it is working with the state to come to a resolution and get fans back in the stands.

Similarly to Oxford, Speedway 95 has rules for racers and teams at the track.

The driver’s car must be at the track prior to anyone from the crew coming into the pit. The driver also has to provide the speedway with a list of nine additional people who can sign-in under them at the pit gate.

Social distancing is required in the pit area between the crews, and everyone is asked to wear a protective mask. The driver does not have to wear a mask while on the track.

Only one crew member is allowed in the Pit Tower for event registration and drawing.

Social distancing also is required at the concession stands.

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough has announced a seven-race schedule to begin Saturday, July 18.

The races will be on Saturdays, with race dates being July 18, July 25, Aug. 8, Aug. 15, Aug. 22, Sept. 5, and Sept. 12. The Aug. 15 racing also includes the rescheduled Granite State Tour.

Grandstand seating will be open, and set up to meet existing state-mandated capacity limits.

The July 18 opening event will feature triple 50-lap main events for the Saturday series divisions. Full practice and race hours and schedules will be released prior to the opening event.

A points system will not be in place for the Thursday or Saturday series. All teams in both series will draw for starting positions every week.

No driver, and team rules or regulations for the pit area in regards to COVID19 have been announced.

Wiscasset Speedway has not begun to race. The track has allowed drivers and teams access to the track for practice laps.

Ken Minott of the track stressed Wiscasset does not want to begin racing without fans. Currently, state restrictions do not allow fans to attend events in large numbers.

Winterport Dragway has not made announcements for its racing season. The venue has taken the time with no racing to make improvements to the strip, including new concrete.



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