Expecting rain, sprint cars pull out of Dixie
by Emily Horos
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July 13, 2013 12:45 AM | 1218 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Fans looking forward to Saturday’s sprint car racing at Dixie Speedway received some disappointing news when the United Sprint Car Series announced it would not make an appearance in Woodstock as previously scheduled.

Because of the strong forecast for rain, the USCS elected to reschedule its portion of the race program for Aug. 10.

Dixie will still plan a regular program for the evening, if weather permits. The National Weather Service forecasted a 40-percent chance of thunderstorms tonight.

With drivers traveling from several states away to compete in the USCS, the organization felt some of the participants might not risk traveling in the weather.

Dixie spokeswoman Mia Swims-Green said track officials were disappointed with the news, especially after so much work went into promoting it, but she’s pleased that an alternate date had already been announced.

“I think that we all just want to have the best show possible,” Swims-Green said. “They were fearful that the drivers wouldn’t take the chance to travel with so much rain in the forecast. It’s disappointing, but they know their drivers better than we do. If they didn’t think they would take the chance to travel this far, the last thing we would want is to not have a good show for the fans. We want it to be the best show possible. If that means rescheduling, that is the best decision to be made.”

Swims-Green said people are often fans of either the super late models or the sprints, so it is important that the race was rescheduled for later in the season. She also said the Aug. 10 date fit well with the other special events already scheduled at Dixie.

For example, had the USCS wanted to move the race back just one week to July 20, it would have fallen on the same night that Dixie already had a demolition derby planned.

“Any time that we have a special event come in, there is always a reschedule date,” Swims-Green said. “It may be a couple weeks later, but we get it in. My fear was that, if it rained, they would want to move it to the week we have the demolition derby planned to coincide with the opening of the outlet mall. I thought we were going to have to have sprint cars and demo, and that would have been bad because we would have had to raise the gate price, and we had already been promoting it as a fan appreciation night. I’m glad it worked out this way.”

As soon as Dixie found out it would not be hosting the USCS tonight, officials put the word out as quickly as they could. The track’s website and social media sites were updated, as well as the sign at the track entrance and local radio promotions.

“We got everything changed,” Swims-Green said. “We want everybody to know, and of course we will post a sign at the gate so that no one comes in expecting to see sprint cars.”

Grandstand admission will be $10 for the night. Children ages 9 to 17 are $6, and 8 and under are free.

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