Emo Speedway updates with June start date

The Borderland Racing Association is planning on racing all summer long at the Emo Speedway if the COVID-19 guidelines from the health unit permit it.

On Saturday, March 20, the Border Racing Association decided to proceed with a full racing season. The season is set to start the first weekend in June and run to the end of August, according to president Tammy Strachan.

“If we’re not able to run because of the guidelines, we’re going to run three two-day shows,” said Strachan. “One in June, one in July and one in August.”

If the region was to remain in the red zone, Strachan said they could not race, as the guidelines only allow for 25 people to gather outside.

Strachan said the association is hopeful to have fans in the stands once again. There will be a limit of 100 fans to allow for social distancing. Fans will be required to wear masks until seated and all tickets will be available to purchase online. Also, fans will be required to provide information for contact tracing.

Rev your engines, race fans – the Emo Speedway is setting up to speed ahead with a full season this summer, if Northwestern Health Unit guidelines allow.

When the beginning of the season gets closer, Strachan said they will have a better idea of what the summer will look like. Drivers and fans can expect more updates to come in the next couple months.

Comments on Emo Speedway’s social media suggested the Borderland Racing Association raise the rates for drivers, so it does not have to rely on fans to provide income. But Strachan said rates will be remaining the same as last year.

The fees are set at $100 per car which covers one driver and three pitmen. Strachan said payout will depend on the amount of entry.

As per the Emo Speedway’s social media post, it is currently looking for a qualified tech inspector for all events.

On May 8, plexiglass, and sanitizer and mask stations will be put into place as well as vehicle maintenance and track preparation.

First practice will be held on May 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

If you have any questions or concerns you can contact the Borderland Racing Association through Facebook. Strachan said, “It is exciting, but it will be a wait and see basically.”