PORT ROYAL, Penn. – After discussions with various touring series and in accordance with Governor Tom Wolf’s 30-day mandate extension regarding social distancing and the closing of non-essential businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Port Royal Speedway has made the decision to call off the April schedule at the track.
Dates affected include April 4, the April 11 URC 358/360 Sprint Car Challenge with the Mid Atlantic Modifieds, the Keith Kauffman Classic for the Ollies Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions on April 18, the Rumble by the River for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on April 19 and Open Wheel Madness Race to Cure Cancer Night on April 25.
The original plans suggested a week to week approach for the track, but once the stay at home order was extended for the month of April, and with the ASCoC and Lucas Oil Late Models following suit, it became clear to track officials this was the proper route to take.
“The safety of our employees, drivers and fans remains a priority and we will continue to monitor the situation in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials, along with information based on the recommendations of the CDC to make the best decisions in regards to a return to racing,” track officials said in a statement.
“We are working hard and in frequent communication with the various touring series in regards to finding suitable dates to reschedule the events affected. We understand the severity of the situation and will continue to do our part to ensure our fellow Pennsylvania’s remain healthy and safe. From the Juniata County Agricultural Society, track officials and promoters and everyone who makes racing possible weekly at the speedway, thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to returning to racing as soon as possible.”