NIOTA — Racing is back in McMinn County.
The I-75 Raceway opened for business last Saturday much to the delight of area race fans.
“Everybody is so excited to be back,” track co-owner Angie Kyle said. “We had a packed house. This is the way people relax. This is where the kids get to see each other since they can’t see each other in school.”
As is the case everywhere there were some changes due to coronavirus precautions. Kyle said the track is following all the CDC guidelines.
“We all must do our part to help maintain social distancing while enjoying an awesome night of racing,” the racetrack’s website says. “Remember, we don’t want to jeopardize the progress we’ve made in allowing our return to racing.”
The track typically attracts 80-100 drivers on a typical weekend.
“They were really happy to be back too,” Kyle said. “This is something they do every weekend.”
The first night back was on May 23. This past Saturday saw drivers from the Limited Late Model, A-Hobby, B-Hobby, Sportsman, B-Sportsman, Thunder, Four Cylinder and Front Wheel Drive compete for the checkered flag.
There are several local drivers from McMinn and Meigs counties along with Monroe County, but also drivers from as far away as Sevierville.
The racing season, which will not be extended after lost time due to the coronavirus, will still end on the last Saturday in October.
According to the website, admission for adults is $10 in the grandstand, $15 in tier parking and $25 in the pits. Kids 6-11 are $5 in the grandstand, $10 in tier parking, and $15 in the pits. Kids 5 & under are free everywhere.
See the track website at https://i75raceway.com for more information.