RPW Column By: PHIL SMITH / RPW – WESTERLY, RI – Here we are, it’s almost the first of May and still no racing. Who would ever have thought that this would happen?
Hopefully by Memorial Day things will be beginning to return to normal. In the mean time our families are most important and we need to spend quality time with them.
From the way it looks the Jennerstown Speedway is prepared to run its scheduled May 23 Whelen Modified Tour event as planned. Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf extended that state’s stay at home order Monday from May 2 to May 8. Jennerstown was originally scheduled to be the fifth of 17 races on the 2020 Whelen Modified Tour schedule.
As far as racing in New England goes the Tri-Track Open Modified Series is slated to open its season on May 9 at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. The race was originally scheduled to run on May 2. New Hampshire currently has a state at home order through May 4.
The Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park announced on Friday, Apr 17, that the 46th annual Liquid Death Icebreaker, originally rescheduled for May 15-16, will not happen during that weekend as it has been postponed to a yet to be announced later date.
Scheduled racing at Stafford is on track. Opening night will be on Friday, May 22 with a full card of live racing. One week later, Friday, May 29, will see the Call before You Dig Pro Late Model Special event followed om Saturday and Sunday with the Annual Spring Sizzler.
Late last week it was announced that Connecticut could possibly begin a multi-step process of loosening restrictions on businesses and gatherings by June, a co-chairman of Gov. Ned Lamont’s advisory committee said Thursday.
Indra Nooyi, a former CEO of Pepsi, said the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group will present the Democratic governor a list of options and considerations for reopening the state, backed with modeling data, in time for a May 20 deadline. That’s when Lamont’s “stay-at home” order suspending all in-person, nonessential functions is set to expire.
Don’t forget to vote for Mike Stefanik’s introduction to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Voting is now on. Go to nascarhalloffame.com. Ralph Moody could also use your vote.