Canada’s longest continuously operating motorsport track has cancelled scheduled racing events for the rest of the year amid the virus crisis.
But Delaware Speedway, which opened as a quarter-mile dirt circuit in 1952, still hopes to hold a one-off race to keep its record intact and is encouraging fans to show support for the initiative online.
The half-mile oval has been the spiritual and championship home of the APC United Late Model Series the last five years, but was not on the program’s compressed five-race schedule released this week.
“We’re just doing the best we can to make something happen,” speedway co-owner Jonathan Urlin said. “We’re involved in this because we want to give our community a place to race and support our local grassroots competitors and nothing’s changed. We’re playing the cards we were dealt and working with the parameters we have. We’re on a 60-year adventure with a couple of months being a road bump.
“It’s not the end of the world.”
Delaware will remain open for Monday and Saturday practice sessions, which include government-mandated social distancing protocols, and private rentals. And, if they can pull it off, one race to mark the streak.