(Stewart, Ohio) In what has been a short 4 weeks since the reopening of the Skyline Speedway was announced in late June, Steve Curtis and the track's staff have begun to wrap up their projects around the track and now direct their attention to the track's season opening race this coming Friday July 27th. Much like the Skyline Speedway's hay days in the early 2000's, the track will host a Friday night show under the lights on the 3/8th mile clay oval, which has sat dormant throughout the beginning of 2018. Friday's event is expected to feature a stout field of cars on hand to do battle, and the track's staff hopes to see the revival of the facility welcomed by area race fans!
The season opening race will feature Late Models, Modifieds, Sport Mods, 4-Cylinders and WRA Mini Wedges all doing battle throughout the night. If 2017 was any indication, fan's can expect some very competitive racing among many of the regions favorite talents within each of the competing divisions. Promoter Steve Curtis anticipates the excitement that built in late 2017, will carry right into 2018, especially on the track. Noting the lack of track time, Curtis expects the Late Model and Modified divisions to once again feature multiple contenders battling for the win on opening night, which he also credits for the 5 different Late Model winners in 5 different races at the beginning of 2017.
Going into this Friday's race, the Sport Mod, 4-Cylinder and WRA Mini Wedge divisions are seeing multiple winners across the region so far this season, and no clear favorite has prevailed entering this week's race. These divisions put on excellent shows last season, and Promoter Steve Curtis encourages fan's to not miss the action in these classes as he believes they will deliver!
While the on track excitement will get much of the focus, the track's staff has been hard at work on things that may not receive the same attention come Friday night. After making numerous electrical upgrades, replacing a few damaged parts and tools around the track along with placing safety boards between each level of the bleachers on the main grandstand area for children/spectator safety, the staff has not been lacking for things to do. While other upgrades will continue into future events, Steve Curtis hopes the few improvements will be appreciated and make for another great chapter in Skyline's long history.
The busy week will kick off Tuesday with a Test N Tune, and then the talk will finally be over on Friday night as the track's hosts it's opening event. On Friday, gates will open at 4 PM, with Mini Wedges racing at 7 and Hot Laps to follow.
General Admission is $15 with Kids 10 & Under getting in free. Pits are $30 (kids discount pricing TBA via Facebook).
On behalf of the entire staff at the Skyline Speedway, we hope to see you at the track Friday, as we bring life back to the Skyline Speedway!