By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Knoxville Raceway has been shut down for the rest of the season. The Marion County Fair Association, in cooperation with Knoxville Raceway, has elected to cancel the rest of the events.
Last week, it was announced that a member of the track tested positive for the infectious virus. Two Sprint Car teams, who competed at the track, may have gotten the virus from the Knoxville, Iowa track.
The drivers were Lee Grosz, who competed at Knoxville Raceway on August 6th. Kraig Kinser Racing announced they had positive tests after competing in the “One and Only” at the facility.
“The health and safety of our fans, competitors and employees is our top priority,” Brian Bailey, Marion County Fair Association President Brian Bailey said. “Several individuals tested positive for COVID-19 following our most recent race. In light of that information, we feel that returning to racing this weekend would be premature. Additionally, a large-scale event like the Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals won’t be in the best interests of the track or the community at this time.
“None of us like to see the race season end this way, but we’re confident this is the right decision for all parties.”
As a result, several events will no longer take place. This includes the Busch Light Night on August 28 and the Iowa Corn Growers Association Districts 5 & 9 Night on August 29.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals from Sept. 17-19 were canceled. The Knoxville Championship Series has been canceled on Sept. 25.
The season finale Knoxville Hospital and Clinics/Slideways Night for Sept. 26 was also removed from the schedule.
If you have bought tickets to the Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals, the track said that the tickets will be automatically refunded. If you have purchased suites, season tickets, or season parking, contact the ticket office at 641-842-5431.
At this time, the 2021 Knoxville Raceway season will begin with the Pella Motors/Kraig Ford Season Opener on Sat., April 17, 2021.