Officials from the Mason City Motor Speedway announced today that they have been approved by government officials to host practice sessions at the racetrack with strict rules and guidelines in place.
Beginning Tuesday, May 5, each session will be two hours long and up to seven people—including drivers and/or crew members—will be permitted in the pit area during each session. All cars must be at least 50 feet apart to maintain social distancing guidelines.
Each session can have seven cars with just one driver for each car, one car with driver and six crew members or however you want to make up your team's session but only seven people will be in the pit area at any given time.
Drivers will go out on their own time and are responsible for anything that happens on the racetrack, but we ask that no more than three cars be on the track at one time and please keep a safe distance between cars to avoid any contact.
We will provide a radio for each crew chief to talk to his driver. Only one person may handle the radio. If more than one car is on the track, please wave your hand when exiting the track.
Only the northwest gate off of Eisenhower Avenue will be open. All entrants must use this gate only.
Teams must immediately load up and exit the facility at the conclusion of their session to allow the next group to come in.
Each two-hour session is $500 and the person that reserves the time slot will be responsible for making payment. That person—whether a driver or crew member—will be responsible for collecting any money from the other drivers and/or crew members that are present during their session.
During each session, the front gate of the fairgrounds will be closed. Nobody will be permitted to enter the main gate at the fairgrounds once the gate is closed. The grandstands will be closed and gate will remain closed. There will be no concessions available.
In addition to the above guidelines, if any of the seven people entering the facility have any signs or symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19), please stay home. Furthermore, after discussing with county officials we will also not allow anybody from Polk, Linn or Johnson Counties in Iowa to participate in any session.
Finally, every person in the session must bring his or her own pen and sign in at the pit shack.
Call and reserve your session today. The office number is (515) 832-6000 or you can also call or text Janet Staley at (515) 297-3872 or Todd Staley at (515) 297-3870. If nobody answers, leave a message and we will get back to you. We will also be checking messages on the Mason City Motor Speedway Facebook inbox.
The following sessions are available (unless a name is next to the time):
Tuesday, May 5
Wednesday, May 6
Thursday, May 7
Friday, May 8
Saturday, May 9
Sunday, May 10
5:00-7:00 - RESERVED (Stanton)
Tentatively, the 2020 season is slated to get underway on Sunday, May 17, with Salute to the Troops Night featuring USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods, USRA Hobby Stocks and Outlaw Mini-Mods.
The Mason City Motor Speedway is a 1/3-mile clay oval located 5.1 miles east of I-35 at exit 194 on SR 122 (at the North Iowa Fairgrounds). For more information, call (515) 832-6000 or check out MasonCityMotorSpeedway.com online. You can also like the track’s Facebook page at facebook.com/MasonCityMotorSpeedway and follow on Twitter at twitter.com/RacinMasonCity.
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