Galesburg, MI (Monday, April 12, 2021) - The 2021 auto racing season is about to get into full swing in the state of Michigan, with just a couple of weeks between now and the season opener for many tracks across the region. That includes Galesburg Speedway, just east of Kalamazoo off I-94; their season is scheduled to begin on Saturday, April 24th. Track officials confirm the track will still open on that date, however, the event fans will see is now set to be different than what was originally scheduled.
In a post on the Speedway’s website on Saturday afternoon, the track explained the schedule adjustment. Originally, the Speedway was to run the Pap’s Dream Front-Wheel Drive Figure 8 paying $5,000 to win and School Bus Figure 8. Historically, this type of carnage and racing would fill the stands at Galesburg Speedway, marking the first sellout show of 2021. The post on the Speedway website explains why that is exactly the problem.
“Unfortunately, current restrictions put in place by the Governor of the State of Michigan regarding crowd sizes are not large enough for some events,” the post explained. “After discussing the options, we concluded that we would need to postpone this race.”
Currently, the Pap’s Dream event does not have a reschedule date announced. Although the event will be different, April 24th does not become a weekend without racing at ‘The Burg’. Officials announced a special non-points event that will fill the slot one week prior to the start of the regular season.
“We will start racing Saturday, with all four classes running a special event,” the post read. “This special event is a non-points race due to some race teams still planning on that extra week to get ready for their run at a points championship.”
The post finished by explaining that the Speedway does not plan to unveil any other major schedule changes at this time. However, it also reminds fans that things have historically changed rather quickly regarding COVID-19 protocols and mandates. Fans are encouraged to follow the Speedway’s Facebook page and website, www.GalesburgSpeedway.com.
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Story - Zach Hiser, Horsepower Happenings
Photo - Galesburg Speedway Facebook