Hang In There, Race Fans
By Kyle Souza
The headline speaks for itself, and I know it’s easier said than done, especially right now.
This past weekend was definitely one of the toughest yet during this quarantine. It should have been opening weekend at the Action Track of the East, and it was setting up to be a major kick-off to what was sure to be a busy season. You could almost smell the race fuel Sunday morning. But in the end, it was all for nothing. There would be no racing on a sunny, 65 degree, Sunday afternoon on the first weekend in May.
I can’t tell you how many times we have seen Opening Day get washed out. In some cases, the first month of the season has been washed by Mother Nature. But this year, she was ready to hit the track. She gives us two days of sunny weather for opening weekend and coronavirus puts a stop to all the activity we had planned. It’s crushing, to say the least. It was like ripping open a gift on Christmas morning and having someone toss it in the trash before you even take it out of the box. Just frustrating.
But with everything going on in the world, we have a few things to be thankful for. This is a difficult time for all of us. Staying home, especially when the weather is warm, is going to be more difficult each day. But we have to get through it if we want to go back to the race track. You have more time to work on your car if you’re a race team, and more time to prepare for the season if you’re a fan. You have time to go to our YouTube channel and watch some throwback races, including battles all the way back to the 2008 season. Some races, from last year, are some of the best we have seen in decades, especially in the Late Models. Man, those guys can put on a show.
Above all, just stay safe and healthy. Keep your loved ones close, and stay inside when you can, for just a little bit longer. We have made it this far. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Soon enough, the motors will come to life, you’ll smell the race fuel, taste the French fries and the tires will screech off the corner heading for the checkered flag.
Stick with us, race fans. We’ll have updates about our 75th anniversary season as soon as we have them.