WEST PORTSMOUTH —Now we know the answer to the other concerning question.
A week ago, Portsmouth Raceway Park officially announced its tentative opening night for its postponed 2020 racing season — with weather and any changes to the Centers for Disease Control guidelines permitting.
That date is in fact set for Saturday, June 27 — just two weeks away.
A complete program for its opening night is scheduled according to its Facebook post, and included a comment about forthcoming details regarding IF spectators will be permitted to attend and if so, what admission prices will be.
On Wednesday night, during PRP’s weekly live Facebook discussion, 15-year PRP promoter Donna Rayburn provided an update — and announced that fans will be permitted into the facility, which is located along State Route 73 in West Portsmouth.
The following post appeared on the PRP’s Facebook page late Wednesday, and supplemented information which had been previously posted on June 4.
“Drivers and race fans are you ready for some dirt track racing at PRP!?! We sure are and we’re excited to announce that fans WILL be permitted to attend opening night tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 27th!”
The complete racing program will include Late Models, Modifieds, Limited Late Models and Sport Mods —plus the Ohio Valley Roofers Legend Car Series.
However, strict social distancing requirements must be followed, as Ohio’s dirt race tracks are one of several facilities recently declared ready to reopen —part of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s statewide response to the coronavirus threat.
The guidelines at PRP include groups of only 10 people or less, and those groups must sit six-feet away from other groups.
Spectators are asked to remain in their groups, and are encouraged — but not required — to wear masks.
Individuals must stand six-feet apart in the concession-stand line, hand sanitizer will be randomly placed throughout the facility, and race teams are encouraged to park six-feet apart and are limited to no more than 10 people at a time in their pit area.
The original opening night was scheduled for Saturday, May 9 — but because of ferocious thunderstorms on April 8 and with DeWine’s “Stay-At-Home” order still in place, that date suddenly became jeopardized.
In a report which appeared in the April 11 edition of The Portsmouth Daily Times, Rayburn re-stated the importance of following Facebook and the PRP’s page for “updates on anything”, as a complete 2020 schedule of events is listed on the PRP’s website (www.portsraceway.com).
Since mid-May, PRP has been hosting live discussions on Facebook — which take place on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.
Of course, that June 27 date is subject to change — due to the potential of any random rainfall AND any possible change in the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) federal guidelines.
Gates will open at 4 p.m., followed by a driver’s meeting at 6 p.m., hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and official racing action under way at 7:30 p.m.
Late Models will pay $2,000 to win — along with $800 for Modifieds, $500 for Limited Late Models and $400 for Sport Mods.
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