Delaware Speedway cancels racing season

Delaware Speedway. (Photo released into the public domain through Wikipedia)

It appears racing fans are not exempt from losing their favourite pastime during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Delaware Speedway announced on Thursday that it has cancelled all racing events for the 2020 season.

“The momentum of the last few seasons throughout all weekly divisions and special events have been incredibly rewarding for the organizers and fans of Delaware Speedway. We trust that our teams, spectators, partners and stakeholders stand with us in this difficult decision, and prepare to return strong for the 2021 racing season” said Russ Urlin of Delaware Speedway in a news release.

Due to the cancellation of the season, the speedway is at risk of losing its record of being the longest consecutive running track in Canada. However, raceway officials said they are working on a way to hold a “one-off” race to continue Delaware Speedway’s record well into the future.

The speedway will remain open for Monday and Saturday practice for teams, while ensuring social distancing protocols are followed. Private rentals will also be possible but spectators will be unable to attend.