ORRVILLE, Ohio - Heavy mid-week rain has saturated the grounds of NAPA Auto Parts Wayne County Speedway, forcing the postponement of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series Buckeye 50 scheduled for Saturday night.
Track and series officials made the announcement on Thursday morning, two days after jointly deciding to condense this weekends scheduled multi-day Buckeye 100 into a single evening of competition on Saturday due to forecasts of unfavorable weather conditions.
The Buckeye 50 has been rescheduled for May 24, preserving the only scheduled WoO LMS event in the state of Ohio in 2013.
WCSs hopes of running a $10,000-to-win WoO LMS event on Saturday night were effectively doomed after severe storms rolled over the three-eighths-mile track on Wednesday, dumping two inches of rain on grounds that still hadn’t completely dried out following a long winter and wet early spring.
With more thunderstorms on Thursday expected to add an inch or more of rain and cool, damp weather forecast for Friday, WCS co-promoters Jason and Kristin Flory determined that the facility simply wouldn’t be ready to host a racing program on Saturday night.
“We were hoping to salvage a single night of World of Outlaws Late Model Series racing this weekend,” said Jason Flory, who is starting his second full season of promoting the venerable track with his wife. “But we knew that if we had at least an inch of rain this week wed be in trouble and we got more than an inch on Wednesday and have even more coming today.”
Flory was able to arrange a new date for the Buckeye 50, however, inking a WoO LMS program for May 24. The 50-lap, $10,000-to-win show will combine with the wingless Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series event previously scheduled for that date at WCS to create a blockbuster holiday-weekend doubleheader.