11/11/2020 -As the 2020 race season begins to wind down, I wanted to take a moment to touch base with all of our great folks that helped make Hickory Motor Speedway a success in 2020 during some challenging circumstances to say the least.
With the COVID-19 Pandemic, I am sure there has been many changes in your businesses as with ours. I want you to know that Hickory Motor Speedway has worked hard to keep people safe at the track and following the social distancing guidelines set forth by the NCDHHS. We have faced many challenges with the executive orders to not allow our supporters/fans to come to the races at all, and then for the last race 100.
The NCDHHS along with Governor Cooper shut down mass gatherings on March 14 th and we immediately complied with the direct order. We worked hard with the NCDHHS and Catawba County Public Health, as I developed protocol which allowed us to reopen on May 16 th without fans. This allowed us to continue to market our partners, allowed our competitors to continue with their businesses, and gave our long time workers at the track some income and something to do. Shortly after, they allowed fans to have an opportunity for trackside parking in a (theater type) setting with social distancing and our loyal supporters took advantage of that opportunity. We immediately took charge of that resource and I am proud to say that although we have faced multiple challenges, we have raced several of our NASCAR races, Sundown Audio, and Cars Tour events.
We want you to know that we did not sit back, but created some new programs that would continue the focus on the great folks that are supporting Hickory Motor Speedway. Through pay-per-view and Facebook Live we have reached over 200,000 viewers, which actually far exceeds our weekly fan base.
iRacing is still going to scan Hickory Motor Speedway at some point this year and it is still scheduled to be released in 2021. That feature will give folks an opportunity to be a part of an online racing simulation platform and try their luck at the World's Most Famous Short Track.
We have been fortunate to have good car counts and we would like to congratulate Ryan Millington on his second NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Series Hickory Motor Speedway Track Championship and Josh Berry on his NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Series National Championship with Nitro Lubricants and Hickory Motor Speedway providing an additional $25,000 Bonus for this award. We would also like to congratulate Josh Kossek on his Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Model and The Paramount Kia “Big 10” Racing Challenge Championships, Carson Kvapil in the Carolina Pro Late Model Series, along with Marshall Sutton in the Street Stock, Joey Shuryan in the Super Trucks, Cody Combs in the 4 Cylinders and Joseph Hodges in the Renegades. Congratulations to all of the 2020 Hickory Motor Speedway Champions.
With the Covid-19 Cases rising in the state, after much discussion, we have decided to forgo our banquet for 2020, However, we will distribute all awards, etc. on Dec 5 th at Hickory Motor Speedway. We will have an area set up for pictures and Sherri Stearns Photography will be available for that. This will give us an opportunity to do the awards with less risk and follow social distancing requirements as we move forward. Please let us know if you plan to attend. See times below.
Renegades Points Positions - 1 through 5 10:00-10:30
4 Cylinders Points Positions - 1 through 5 10:30-11:00
Super Trucks Points Positions - 1 through 5 11:00-11:30
Street Stocks Points Positions - 1 through 5 11:30-12:00
Carolina Pro Late Model Series Points Positions - 1 through 5 12:00-12:30
Paramount Auto Group Limiteds Points Positions - 1 through 5 12:30-1:15
Paramount Kia “Big 10” Racing Challenge Points Positions - 1 through 3 12:30-1:15
NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Series Late Models 1:15- Complete
All Rookie of the year may come with their division for their awards.
*All divisions may bring their car if they would like, however it would need to be unloaded and ready at the start of your time*
We have all gone through a lot of changes with the COVID-19 Pandemic, and the world as we have known it. Thousands of loved ones have been lost and we sure do not want to forget or overlook these folks that succumbed to the virus. But I believe better days are ahead in 2021 and I look forward to working with you next year.
Hickory Motor Speedway