Area Stock Car Racing: North Carolina track set to open minus fans

Area stock car racing news from Thomas Coughlin Jr.

Categories: Sports

Believe it or not, we are getting closer to racing.

Fonda Speedway and Short Track Super Series promoter Brett Deyo of B.D. Motorsports announced on Tuesday that plans have been made to race Northeast dirt modifieds (with no fans) in the state of North Carolina, even though it is 14 hours and 1,000 miles away.

The invitational-only race will be held at the Tri-County Racetrack. Only 30 spots will be available, and those spots will first be offered to the top-15 in STSS northern region points from 2019 and the top-15 in the current STSS southern region points as of the March 7 race at the Georgetown Speedway in Delaware.

STSS rules will be in use for this event, which will be 2,400 pounds minimum weight and a draw/redraw format for starting positions. Sail panels will be allowed. Confirmed teams as of this time include, but are not limited to, Andy Bachetti, Michael Maresca, and Jimmy Horton.

Thursday, May 21, will be a 35-lap feature paying $3,000, plus bonuses and sponsorship. The next day will be a 40-lap feature paying $5,000, plus bonuses and sponsorship. The rain date is May 23.

For teams that wish to be put on a waiting list for possible available openings, Deyo can be reached by email at [email protected]. All invited teams must R.S.V.P. by Saturday.

What I was able to quickly find out is this: Tri-County Racetrack is listed as a 1/4 mile, semi-banked oval with a clay surface. It is located near Brasstown, North Carolina, which is about four hours west of Charlotte. It is nestled in the lower left corner of North Carolina, close to the Georgia and Tennessee borders.

There will be live pay-per-view broadcast available exclusively through Dirt Track Digest TV.

Deyo mentioned that reopening is a slow process that we must all go through and that it will take time as we travel through the different phases to achieve that goal of reopening.

There is some upcoming activity a little closer to home. Better known as the Gas-Up, the Hudson Mohawk Chapter of the Pioneer Gas Engine Association is holding a work day on Saturday, May 16. Everyone is welcome to stop in to help clean up the grounds at 106 Murphy Road in Gallupville. The work day will begin at 9 a.m.
Following the work day, the Gas-Up will hold its monthly meeting at 2 p.m. There is plenty of room for those concerned about social distancing. Here is a great opportunity to get outdoors and help out a great organization that continues to educate today’s generation, with a look back at the early history of the motorized world. It does an amazing job of preserving the past.

I just want to add that I do not see much sense in predicting when racing will get started at any track near or far, until something is confirmed to the best of my knowledge. There are a number of facilities is numerous states, that were told by state officials, that they could open with certain restrictions in place, only to be informed later, that now they could not open. It is a frustrating time for everyone.

Stay healthy, stay safe.

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