By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Eldora Speedway made the decision on Monday night to postpone their Kings Royal weekend one year. Now, the 37th annual event will take place in July 2021.
This is Eldora Speedway’s marquee sprint car event, which was scheduled to take place from July 15-18. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’ll have to wait one calendar year.
Ohio Department of Health has restricted mass gatherings and spectator events at large venues. This is due to the state’s response to the ongoing health crisis with COVID-19.
“Governor Mike DeWine text me to deliver the unfortunate news,” said Roger Slack, general manager of Eldora Speedway. “While acknowledging the importance of our events, especially for Darke County, he stated the orders in place continue to prohibit spectators from Motorsports events. As we’ve said all along, the fastest way for our race fans to return to the track is for each of us to practice social distancing, wear our masks or cloth face coverings, and practice good hygiene – especially by frequently washing our hands.
“We remain in constant communication with state officials regarding other upcoming events at Eldora as we work to bring fans back to our facility as soon and as safely as possible, all while adhering to the mandates issued by the Ohio Department of Health.”
Eldora Speedway has had jut one event this season, which was a restricted-access, competitor-only event called “The Dirt Late Model Stream Live on FloRacing,” that was held from June 4-6. This event helped the Eldora officials to send local and state officials a proposal to Governor Mike DeWine, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Darke County General Health District in an attempt to open with spectators in July.
If approved, Eldora would be allowed to have fans at 50% capacity for their July and August events.
Their June event was reviewed and approved by the Darke County General Health District and the Ohio Department of Health. Due to the race, the Eldora Speedway hoped to make a decision between June 19 to June 24; however, the state officials did not allow the track to make their decision in the time frame that they had hoped for.
Presently, spectators are still prohibited from grandstands at large Ohio events, which includes Eldora Speedway. If you purchased tickets for the Kings Royal in July, they will be honored for the rescheduled dates in July 2021.
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