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Wet start to Citrus County Speedway season

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Wet start to Citrus County Speedway season

Kimberly Kelly
For the Chronicle

For the second straight time, Citrus County Speedway officials were forced to call off the night’s stock car program Saturday.

“RAIN – 2, CCS – 0,” was posted on the race tracks facebook page Saturday morning.

Heavy rains fell in and around the facility located in Inverness with a forecast of more to follow later in the evening.

Canceling a race event is never an easy one, and for second straight week Ray was to cancel a race program.

“It’s challenging knowing there will be backlash either way,” Ray said. “We have to keep the racers in mind that may be traveling a long way.”

He also has to make sure to not put the track in a position where fans and local racers don’t make the trip to the Inverness venue.

And then there are the conditions of the track itself.

“The pond is completely full again and there was water on the intersection,” Ray said. Before that, the pond was completely dry.

And so the call was made to cancel the night’s action and reschedule to an open date on the schedule.

Last week’s program has been rescheduled to the next open date, Saturday, February 27. That race card includes the Sunoco Race Full Open Wheel Modified 50, Signsfast Pure Stocks 25, Outlaw Street Stocks 25, O’Reilly Auto Parts Mini Stocks 25, and the Mod Mini 25.

So far, this Saturday’s forecast includes a day full of sun with colder temperatures into the night just as the first green flag is set to fly.

“It should be a good weekend,” CCS Track Manager Camron Ray said of the facility’s third attempt to start the 2021 stock car season.

The night’s program includes the Mike Scott Plumbing Super Late Model 75, Legends Cars 25, Signfast Pure Stock 25, Crockett’s Towing Ford Outlaw 25, and the O’Reilly Auto Parts Mini Stock 25.

“The show will be good,” Ray said. “We’re expecting 20-25 late models. The action should be good.”

As for the cooler temperatures Ray said, “Hopefully it won’t be too cold. They are not calling for any rain Saturday, just possibly going to be a little chilly. You just better bring a jacket.”

Citrus County Speedway is located just south of Inverness on U.S 41 at the Citrus County Fairgrounds.

Kimberly Kelly covers Citrus County Speedway for the Citrus County Chronicle. Original story appeared on February 17, 2021. Reprinted with permission.

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