DoD streaming Needmore's May 23 special
Needmore Speedway’s inaugural Gene Maine Memorial will be streamed live on DirtonDirt.com for website subscribers, track officials announced today. The May 23 Super Late Model event at the Norman, Park. Ga., oval pays $6,000-to-win and honors the late Valdosta, Ga., Late Model racer who died in a December automobile accident at the age of 55.
Co-promoter Chance Smith said fans are permitted and there is no limit on entries, but recommended social distancing guidelines should be followed.
“Our local county officials have given us the green light to do pretty much anything,” Smith said. “We have to go by guidelines. We advise everybody to be 6 feet away from each other. We’ve got mobile sanitizing stations and hand washing stations throughout the whole place. We actually have masks if people want them. We got to race two weeks ago and didn’t have a problem. Most people didn’t wear masks, but we’ve got them if they want them.
“The sheriff’s department is there trying to help us enforce the social distancing deal as best as we can. We’ve got two big concession stands, but we’ve limited it to just one and we’ve got it marked off where you have to stand, kind of like a grocery store or a convenience store where it separates everybody. That’s pretty much all we had to do.”
Jonathan Davenport, Tyler Erb, Kyle Bronson, Shane Clanton, Brian Shirley, Casey Roberts, Steven Roberts, Austin Horton, Jason Fitzgerald, Ross Robinson and G.R. Smith are among committed drivers, Smith said. Sportsman, street stock, super street, enduro and vintage divisions will also compete.
Pit gates open at noon with grandstands opening at 4 p.m. Hot laps are set for 7 p.m.; grandstand admission is $12 (12-and-under free) and pit passes are $35. Open practice is scheduled from 7-10 p.m. Friday ($20 admission with pit gates opening at 4). For more information, call Smith (229) 256-7273 or Kelly Walker (229) 891-1334 or visit raceneedmorespeedway.com.