The Estevan Motor Speedway has announced that it is going to have a program on July 5 at 6 p.m., with spectators in the stands.
The track held its season-opening program on June 13. Billed as the Lockdown Showdown, it aired on pay per view through DARN TV, with no fans in the grandstand.
They will be able to have spectators in the seats on July 6, but the rules for the grandstand will have to comply fully with COVID-19 regulations.
Two out of every three rows will be blocked off to ensure social distancing. When spectators go to find a seat in the grandstand, they are asked to remember that if they don’t live together, don’t sit together, so sit six feet from another group.
Advanced ticket sales will be available. Details will be released later.
Portable bathrooms and hand cleaning stations will be placed and spaced apart in strategic areas to minimize close contact. Bathrooms and hand cleaning stations will be cleaned non-stop throughout the program by professional cleaners.
The speedway washrooms will not be in use.
Canteen, beer gardens, and merchandise areas will not be in use. Food trucks may be on site.
There also won’t be a 50-50 draw.
Masks will be provided free of charge. Their use will be recommended, but not mandatory.
All five classes – modifieds, stock cars, sport mods, hobby stocks and slingshots – will be racing that night, and they will be racing for points.
As for the pit area, the speedway will follow the exact same procedure as the Lockdown Showdown. Each driver will be allowed three pit crew members, and they will be spaced out in the pits to respect social distancing.
The purse will be 50 per cent of its normal levels.
“Going to the races is a choice you make. If you are considered a high-risk individual we recommend you stay home,” the speedway said in a post on its Facebook page. “If you are feeling ill/sick, please stay home. If you have been in contact with someone that has been ill/sick, please stay home.”