Port Royal Puts Racing Season On Hold

Brent Marks (5) battles Mike Wagner on Saturday at Port Royal Speedway. (Dan Demarco Photo)
Brent Marks (5) battles Mike Wagner on Saturday at Port Royal Speedway. (Dan Demarco Photo)

PORT ROYAL, Pa. – Port Royal Speedway officials have made the decision to postpone racing events for the next two weeks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision from Port Royal Speedway comes despite the fact that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf indicated in a press conference Monday that he would not force tracks in the state to close down.

“In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and in compliance with Governor Wolf’s recommendation, the Port Royal Speedway will be postponing racing activities for the next two weeks effectively starting with this weekend’s double header,” the track said in a statement.

“The postponement includes the March 21-22 races, along with the March 28 activities. The goal is to return to racing April 4, 2020.

“In the meantime, along with members of the Juniata County Agricultural Society, track officials will continue to monitor the situation in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials, along with information based on recommended guideline of the CDC, to make the best decisions regarding a return to action.

“Promoters from the ULMS Racing Series and the Short Track Super Series are behind the decision and we will also be working alongside of them to find appropriate dates to make-up any cancelled racing events.”

“This is an unprecedented situation that evolves every day,” said Short Track Super Series Promoter Brett Deyo. “We are putting the health of our racers, competitors, teams, fans, officials, safety workers and media first and foremost.

“It’s important as a nation we do our best to combat COVID-19 and we can all look forward to getting back to normal sooner rather than later.”

Port Royal Speedway was one of three Pennsylvania race tracks to host racing over the weekend while most tracks in the United States stayed quiet to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“We understand these are trying times and we want to do our part in ensuring our fellow Pennsylvanian’s remain healthy and safe and look forward to returning to racing when we can. We thank all the fans for their continued support and understanding and we look forward to seeing you again very soon.”

Lincoln Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway were both active last weekend as well and as of now both tracks are scheduled to host racing this coming weekend.