No Racing At Calistoga Speedway This Year

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, shown here at Calistoga Speedway, will return to Merced Speedway early this year. (Saroyan Humphrey Photo)
The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is a regular visitor to Calistoga Speedway. (Saroyan Humphrey Photo)

CALISTOGA, Calif. – Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no racing at Calistoga Speedway this season.

The announcement was made Monday in a post on the track’s official Facebook page.

In the post, it was explained that HMC Promotions and the Hunt family, the group that operates the track, attempted to work with Napa County (Calif.) officials in an effort to reach an arrangement for racing to take place.

“The Hunt Family has been in continual contact with representatives from the county in an effort to establish an arrangement that would allow the remaining 2020 events to take place,” the post read. “Unfortunately, we now must face the reality of the situation and work toward producing events in 2021.”

Calistoga Speedway was scheduled to host a number of major events, including the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Sept. 19. The Louie Vermeil Classic, the track’s staple event featuring the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series and the NARC King of the West Fujitsu Sprint Car Series, was set for Sept. 4-5.

Track officials went on to say that they intend to host a number of special events in 2021, including the Wine Country Classic, the Louie Vermeil Classic and the Wine Country Showdown.

“On behalf of the Hunt Family we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that may have occurred as a result of these cancellations,” the Facebook post continued. “We look forward to seeing our loyal fans and competitors during the 2021 season and sincerely thank all our loyal sponsors that continue to support racing at Calistoga Speedway.”