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Relief Efforts
By Dan Schechner on September 25, 2017

Our hats off to officials at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, who recently decided to suspend the track’s remaining 2017 race activities to assist in post-Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. This couldn’t have been an easy call for VP/General Manager Seth Angel and his team—canceled events include the Import Face Off (Oct. 22), October Truck Madness (Oct. 29) and the Light the Sky Festival (Nov. 11)—but “we are confident we are doing the right thing,” Angel said.

Meantime, a number of race venues across the Southeast opened their facilities to evacuees of Hurricane Irma, which tracked a destructive path through the region in early September. Ahead of the storm, scores of campers and RVs had already settled into the campgrounds at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. “Stay as long as you like,” said track chairman Grant Lynch, noting the property’s 2,700 acres. “We’re prepared to handle 100,000 campers, so we’ve got the room and the facilities. Our doors are open. We can all get through this together.” Displaced individuals were also welcomed at NASCAR tracks Bristol Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway, where restrooms and hot shower facilities were offered free of charge.

And, at Senoia Raceway in west central Georgia, about an hour south of Atlanta, hurricane evacuees were invited to settle into the grounds around the 3/8-mile dirt bull ring. Beyond providing space to camp, however, promoter Mayes Massey also offered free admission to the track’s season championship program on September 9. “We wanted to give those forced from their homes a chance to maybe look away from the weather and news reports and enjoy an evening of action and entertainment with their family,” he said.

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Dan Schechner is the Editor of Performance Racing Industry Magazine.
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