Updated: June 02, 2020 10:53 PM
Created: June 02, 2020 09:16 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Minnesota race tracks are preparing to reopen after losing the start of their season to COVID-19.
Spring Valley has been rather quiet this year as COVID-19 has canceled races at Deer Creek Speedway
“We’ve got fans that travel three, four hours every Saturday night whether it’s drivers to come here to race or fans to come watch and they become a second family. And you start missing some of the people that you see every Saturday night in the summer," partner and manager Cole Queensland said.
The track has been empty since September. Meanwhile, races have been held in Wisconsin, and Iowa and South Dakota are allowed to hold races with up to 50 percent of the grandstands filled.
“It’s been very frustrating watching the other states getting reopened like that and seeing our drivers as you mentioned, they’re going there and they’re racing. I talked to a few of them that have been racing the last couple of weekends and traveling and they call me weekly saying, ‘when are we going to finally be able to open? I don’t care if we can just come out and turn a couple of laps, when can we finally get on the racetrack?’" Queensland said.
Race tracks in Minnesota have now been given the approval to open, but the gates to the grandstands must remain closed. Still, Deer Creek Speedway will be holding races this Saturday and will be selling pit passes. After the season was delayed, Queensland is itching to see people back at the track.
“Everybody is excited for it. Everybody wants it back. Everybody I think is ready for it. We’ve seen it in other states that have been able to host stuff with crowds. The race fans are ready. I think come Saturday when we see them cars going out there, it's going to make you realize we're closer. And finally, maybe we're getting through this and over it.”
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