Story By: SHAWN BROUSE / SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY – SELINSGROVE, PA – After receiving approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and local officials within the last seven days to stage a non-social, non-spectator sprint car racing event on May 9 at Selinsgrove Speedway, the DCED was directed by the governor’s office to reverse course late on Wednesday at which time the DCED called the speedway with an order to shut down the event.
State Representatives David Rowe and Barb Gleim worked in favor of the speedway along with track officials throughout Thursday and into Friday to save the event to no avail.
By noon on Friday, given the governor’s office lack of response to the legislators’ requests on behalf of the oval, the speedway had to postpone the event in an effort to act as responsibly as possible for all teams that were making plans to attend the race and for fans who were making purchases to view via thecushion.com
Still working in conjunction with state officials, Selinsgrove Speedway is soldiering on and will present the same program of Modern Heritage 410 sprint cars next Saturday, May 16 at 7 pm, again to be carried live via pay per view on thecushion.com
All drivers and teams who were already entered for the May 9 race are automatically entered for May 16.
In the event any entered teams cannot attend the May 16 race, all monies will be refunded.
Teams that are unable to attend on May 16 are directed to email email@example.com with your refund request.
The race will carry a raindate of May 17.
Prior to the late day order on May 6 that revoked approval of the May 9 race per the governor’s office, Selinsgrove Speedway was full speed ahead with plans to conduct “Posse Unleashed,” a non-social, non-spectator 410 sprint car event with all entries registered and ready to go.
The much-heralded effort by the speedway and the race itself was to represent a restart of local dirt track auto racing before being deadened by state officials.
The event, which followed CDC and state pandemic guidelines, was to be livestreamed via thecushion.com as a Pay Per View Event.
The oval extends its sincerest apologies to all fans and teams who were looking forward to the return of mid-state racing this weekend before this unexpected turnabout by state officials.
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