Sterling Heights, MI (Wednesday, July 15, 2020) - Making plans to attend the races in 2020 has been mildly stressful so far this season, with day-to-day changes in COVID-19 related policies and ever-changing guidelines on what establishments can and cannot do. Kalamazoo Speedway has been no exception to the rule, with every week bringing a feeling we can only assume is like going to the tech barn after winning the Snowball Derby - anxious and excited at the same time.
Officials at Kalamazoo Speedway announced Wednesday morning that they are no longer willing to go week-to-week in an attempt to get racing started in West Michigan. In a statement posted on the Speedway’s website, Speedway promoter Gary Howe says the continuation of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Emergency Declaration solidified their decision to suspend the season through August 8th.
The statement reads in part:
“When the orders were released that allowed 500 people in the grandstands, Kalamazoo Speedway was going to attempt to make this happen. But when that order was rescinded to 100 people in the grandstands, that took the break-even point well below the bottom line. And with yesterday’s extension of the Emergency Declaration being rolled back to August 11th, we are forced to make the following announcement:
Kalamazoo Speedway is suspending their season through the August 8th event. This would include July 17, 24, 29, 31, August 7th and 8th. We will be evaluating the Executive Orders and the Kalamazoo County Health Departments plan daily and will hopefully have some good news to release at the end of July. We are hoping to still have a “mini-season” in August, September & maybe a couple of weeks into October to try and salvage the 72nd consecutive year of operation at Kalamazoo Speedway. Stay safe and remain positive.”
As of right now, it appears as though the Intimidator 100, which has stood as Kalamazoo Speedway’s season opener since 2001, would fall to the wayside. The “Next Event” info box on the Speedway’s website reads, “Next Event, August 14, Weekly Racing plus IWMA Trophy Night”. Tentatively on the schedule are Outlaw Super Late Models, Template Late Models, Street Stocks, and Zoo Stocks.
For more information and to follow the progress of Kalamazoo Speedway, log onto www.kalamazoospeedway.com and follow them on Facebook.
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Story by - Zach Hiser, Motor City Racing Promotions
Photo - Micheal Wood