WHEELERSBURG, OH-With a 90% chance of rain on Friday, track officials made the decision on Thursday to do some much needed track maintenance work. The jobs just could not be completed in time for track officials to prepare an optimum racing surface for Friday so the decision was made to cancel the races on a day when it looks like there would of been a slim chance of getting to race.
Major work was done on the track in both corners. First, turn 4 was dug out and new pipe was put in to replace the broken pipe that was supposed to catch the water from the infamous turn 4 spring. This should take away the dip the was occuring at the bottom of turn 4. Work is also being done to take out both of the crowns that have developed at the top of each corner to get the corners shaped better. Both of these projects will make for an even better racing surface.
Track officials will also take time to do some much needed equipment upgrades. Brand new, top of the line blades will be put on the tracks disc harrow to get it back in optimum condition. With the disc back in great shape, track officials will no longer have to cut the track using the rippers on the grader. The rippers on the grader do not cut the track smoothly and contributed to some of the rough spots that developed last weekend. A side sprayer has also been installed on the water truck to make it easier for the track to go out between races to water the cushion. That will keep dust down and open the high side of the track up even more.
“Obviously we always hate to lose a race, but weather conditions showed that we were likely to lose tomorrow’s races anyways due to weather so we decided to move forward on completing some much needed projects”, stated H&L Motorsports co-owner T. J. Layne. “These changes to the track surface and upgrades to the equipment will pay huge dividends for the remainder of the season. We feel like we have got off to a very good start to the season and want to make the rest of the season even better. We are 100% commited to providing the best racing surface possible each week to our racers and fans.”
The Southern Ohio Speedway will be back in action next Friday, May 17th with the “Robinson’s Auto Sales & Parts Sport Mod Championships” featuring a $400 to win special for the GCP Engines Sport Mods presented by Tomahawk Race Cars. Also on the racing card will be Late Models, Modifieds, and Pure Stocks. Legends Night has also been rescheduled for May 17th. Following time trials we will ask anybody who has raced at SOS in the past to come to the base of the flagstand to be recognized. Gates will open at 4:00 pm with hot laps at 7:30 pm. Regular admission prices with adult general admission $12 and adult pit passes $25 will be in place. For more information visit www.southernohiospeedway.com.