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Weather delays speedway opening for second time

March 05, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

Opening day at Hagerstown Speedway has been delayed for the second time due to cold weather.

The weather "could have been like this months ago and nice for us to start," speedway office manager Stephanie Richards said. "Everybody wants to get started. It's too bad we're weather-dependent."

Richards said Sunday's scheduled East Coast Opener, which was to feature modified and late-model cars in a 35-lap race, was canceled due to cold weather. There still is snow in the parking lot and in the grandstands, she said.

"We have to have good conditions, which would be good temperatures and no snow," Richards said.

The first race was to occur Feb. 27, she said.

The March 13 Octoberfest and Syracuse Qualifier still is scheduled for 1 p.m., according to Richards and the speedway's Web site, www.speedway.com.

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Races are scheduled a year in advance, she said.

Richards said maintenance needs to be performed before the first race, but added that speedway workers are prepared for March 13 if the weather is right.

"We are prepared to start if we can get the track taken care of," she said.

The season started on time last year, Richards said.

"As far as money, I don't know what we would have lost or gained," she said.

Richards said attendance also depends on the weather.

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