Dixie balances weather uncertainties
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
August 09, 2014 12:23 AM | 1820 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Even while rain was pounding Woodstock on Friday afternoon, Dixie Speedway wasn’t planning to make any changes to its weekend plans.

On several occasions this summer, the dirt track has had to cancel races because of rain, but spokeswoman Mia Swims-Green said they try to wait as long as possible to make that call, unless it involves a traveling series.

Dixie did have to have to make one early call in mid-July, when the USCS Outlaw Sprint Cars were scheduled to appear at the track. Track officials announced the postponement of the July 19 race shortly after 9 a.m. that day, with the race rescheduled for Aug. 23.

The last two years have been tough when it comes to the weather.

“I feel like we have a big cloud sitting right over the track,” Swims-Green said.

She added that there have been just two Saturdays during the summer when rain was not a part of the forecast. She said those nights drew in the most fans.

Despite the uncertainties of the schedule, Swims-Green considers the season to have been a good one overall.

“Our car counts have been up, and when the weather is nice, the fan count has been good,” she said. “Battling the weather elements certainly doesn’t help for an outdoor venue.”

Not only are fans reluctant to make a trip to the track if it’s only going to be rained out, Swims-Green said, but the drivers are, too.

“Drivers have to factor in the expense of diesel fuel to get the trucks here and if they want to take a chance on that expense with it calling for, say, a 50-percent chance of rain,” Swims-Green said. “We have seen that they will come in late if it’s calling for rain.”

Swims-Green encourages fans to check either the track’s website or its social media profiles on Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date information.

Tonight will be family appreciation night, with championship children’s bike races scheduled for 9 p.m. Three age groups — K-2, 3-4, 5-6 — will each compete for a large trophy and a new bike.

Gates open at 5 p.m., with racing at 7:30 p.m. There will be a full race program.

As of Friday night, the National Weather Service had forecasted a 60-percent chance for thunderstorms.

In other upcoming events, Dixie has announced that tickets are now on sale for the Fall Monster Truck Nationals, which will be held Sept. 19-20. Racing for both days will begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for ages 3-12, with adults $15. Tickets can be purchased online at www.dixiespeedway.com
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