As most of you are aware, the State of Massachusetts had implemented a travel ban on residents of Rhode Island starting this Friday August 7th. 40% of the teams that compete at the Speedway come from Rhode Island.
This travel ban was implement by the state on Tuesday night and the Town of Seekonk added some directives of their own last night. These added restrictions make it impossible for to operate fairly.
For this reason we are POSTPONING competition racing operations for this weekend (Friday and Saturday) and evaluating the travel ban situation for Rhode Island residents next week. We hope that this is a one week travel ban and we can resume racing competition operations on August 14th and 15th. Schedule updates will be posted soon. Anyone who has pre registered /pre paid will carry forward to next race event unless you call the office and request a refund.
We will hold an open practice session on Saturday from 4-8 for all divisions except Bandoleros. Pits will open at 3 pm. $20 per person.
Each person from RI would be required to fill out travel form and have a negative COVID19 test submitted to the speedway and approved by the town of Seekonk BEFORE coming to Massachusetts. Details to follow.
The Town of Seekonk is now mandating that the Speedway would be responsible for collecting valid negative covid tests before entering the Speedway while this travel ban is in place if you are a resident of Rhode Island. This is a severe economic hit for teams from Rhode Island since each asymptotic test could cost $100-$150 per test /per week. This is not fair to the competitors from RI that have done the work to compete not to be able to while others can for something that is outside their area of control.
Because of the short notice of this by the State and Town it is IMPOSSIBLE for Rhode Island Teams to comply by this weekend.
ALL teams would be required to preregister for the weekly events and the lists of entries and crews MUST be cleared by the Town of Seekonk.
We are in ongoing discussions with the town to try and get to a reasonable solution to this travel situation for Rhode Islanders. There will be more details coming from the town later today that will outline the procedures they would be requiring for RI residents to compete.
We are sorry for all the ups and downs of 2020 but these are the unavoidable last minute hurdles being thrown at us around every corner.