WARRENSBURG, Mo. – After weeks of planning and discussion, Central Missouri Speedway has announced a revised race schedule.
The track is now planning to host its opening night on Saturday, May 23.
There are currently 17 race nights planned, with two tentative dates that may be added depending on how the season unfolds.
“We’ve had to edit our previously announced schedule due to COVID-19 and as we eluded to in our April 14 press release, there are some major modifications,” said track owners and promoters Earl and Susan Walls.
Most of the modifications involve special events and touring series. Central Missouri Speedway officials tried to keep as many weeks as possible on the schedule for its five regular race divisions, which includes unsanctioned A-Mods, Street Stocks, B-Mods, Mod-Lites and Pure Stocks.
The track will host a test and tune practice session on Saturday, May 16, with start times and price information to be announced. There will be no grandstand admission and a very limited concessions menu will be available. Drivers and crews must abide by social distancing and always leave plenty of space between haulers in the pits.
At this time, while there are no restrictions on the number of people in large gatherings in the county; state and local health department guidance states social distancing must be in place at large events. Central Missouri Speedway will utilize social distancing concepts in the grandstand seating areas and within other aspects and areas of the race program once the season begins.
Social distancing measures will have an impact on the number of attendees, which effects crowd size.
“Although we’ve kept some special events, at this time we are reducing the amount of larger purse events, at least until we can have enough people in the grandstands to make sense from an operational standpoint to hold them,” Earl Walls said. “If regulations change in the future, we may alter the schedule accordingly.”
Track officials are encouraging people who have already been together in social circumstances, such as families or race teams, to sit together and leave social distancing space in between others. Everyone attending events should expect change and be mindful and respectful of each other while on the premises.
A $10 adult admission is in effect for opening night on May 23, with kids tickets costing the normal $6.
“We’ve all faced challenges related to the current situation and we sincerely thank the drivers, fans, and our outstanding group of sponsors and business partners for their continued patience and understanding during these unprecedented times and we look forward to seeing everyone very soon,” stated the Walls.