CONCORD, N.C. — Mother Nature needs to give it a rest.
Rain throughout the entire country halted dozens of short-track races this past weekend. It’s been a wet start to the season for many tracks.
Several major events were among those to fall victim to storm clouds last weekend. Among them were the National Dirt Racing League’s Atomic Blast at Ohio’s Atomic Speedway, the return of racing to Jennerstown Speedway in Pennsylvania and the Rislone URC Sprint Series’ Jack Gunn Memorial at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway.
The NDRL has rescheduled the Atomic Blast for July 25-26, but in the process has had to postpone events at Pennsylvania’s Roaring Knob Motorsports Comples and West Virgina’s Tyler County Speedway. URC and Selinsgrove officials have rescheduled the Jack Gunn Memorial for June 7.
Jennerstown will try again to hold its grand re-opening this Saturday with late models serving as the premier division. The Super Cup Stock Car Series, which was scheduled to race last weekend at Jennerstown, is working with track officials on a possible reschedule date for their feature.
This is the second-straight rainout for the Super Cup Stock Car Series, which was scheduled to race at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway the day before Easter until rain washed out the event.
On the plus side, there was still plenty of racing that did manage to get in last weekend. Particular kudos go out to officials with the Pro All Stars Series, which worked hard to make sure the scheduled PASS South Ace’s Wild 150 at North Carolina’s Ace Speedway was held Friday despite a nasty rain storm that hit the track late in the day.
The delay was worth it for Tyler Church, who earned his first victory of the young season with the traveling super late model series. Church, who finished second in the last PASS South event at Hickory, is currently the championship leader during his first full season with the tour.