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Speedway opening day delayed until March 5

February 25, 2006|By Tiffany Arnold

Hagerstown Speedway has postponed its East Coast Opener due to freezing temperatures, officials announced Friday.

The event, originally scheduled for Sunday, has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 5.

Forecasts call for a high around 32 Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Saturday night lows will be around 21, with blustery winds, according to the NWS.

The news was disappointing to a few fans who came Valley Mall to see the race cars on display as part of the "Race-A-Rama" events in advance of this weekend's opener.

"I don't know why they postponed it for the weather," said Chris Silkworth, 25, of Martinsburg W.Va.

Silkworth said he's been to colder openers at the local speedway. "There was snow in the air," Silkworth said.

Race car driver Gary Calimer, 44, of Waynesboro, Pa., said he thought it was too early to start the season.

Though his limited late-model racer was on display at the mall Friday, he said his first race wasn't scheduled until April.

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"It's good for fans but it's a little cold," Calimer said, explaining that the cold air is capable of causing engine damage with repairs costing any where from $10,000 to $15,000.

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