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SBS gives green light to practice sessions / May 21, 2020

South Boston Speedway gave the green light for drivers to start practicing at the track starting on Monday, of this week.

Though the weather has not been the best this week to hit the track; just the knowledge that it can now hold practice sessions is welcomed by drivers and displays signs of hope for racing fans the short track will be hosting NASCAR racing soon.

The track and its offices shuttered in March after Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and ultimately issued a ‘stay-at-home” order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. SBS General Manager Cathy Rice stated at the time the track would remain closed until June 10 or such time that the governor’s order was repealed or rescinded.

With the governor outlining a phased planned which included reopening non-essential businesses, returning Virginians to work, and increasing group gathering numbers as each phase is completed, racing could possibly see a return soon to SBS. One excited SBS Twitter fan saying, “Exciting news for sure...One step closer.....”

SBS workers at the track will be looking to make sure all drivers and anyone on the track are following all guidelines and rules to take part in practice.

The rules and guidelines can be found here,

The first rule is potential participants, “Must contact the speedway office during office hours, and schedule practice via email or telephone a day in advance. If not scheduled in advance, you will not be allowed to practice.”

Drew Dawson, a 2019 Limited Sportsman driver who runs at SBS, said he is looking forward to the day when he and other drivers can return to the track. “You got a bunch of guys out here that can’t even go to the track caused they got it closed down. It look like they would keep it open where you could just keep practicing no more than ten people there. If like two people were there a day or so but it’s just real hard,” he said.

For Dawson and other drivers, the moment to hit the track, practice and maybe get in a race or two this season may not be out of realm of possibility.

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