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VIR Versus Climate Change

Goblins Go becomes Goblins Snow, then Goblins
No Event canceled after circuit floods from heavy rain.

Huge portions of the track were flooded by, the new "Lake VIR" created . Hopefully no repeat come National Runoff time!
As a testament to how dicey late season racing can be, the rescheduled SCCA Goblins Go race, originally slated to run October 13 & 14 at Virginia International Raceway was scrapped due to impending snow. The original date was canceled after a heavy rain from Hurricane Michael moved through the area, sending water cascading across the racetrack and flooding access roads. The rescheduled date was for December 8 & 9, which would prove to be too late in the season. A large weather system dumped snow across the Carolinas and Virginia on that weekend, ending the 2018 race season.The race had attracted a lot of early attention; due to the fact VIR is the venue for the 2019 SCCA Runoffs next October. Hopefully, there will be no weather disruptions..

2019 Runoffs Classes at VIR Confirmed

Five Classes on Probation Due To Low Numbers

The Sports Car Club of America announced that there will be no changes made to eligibility of classes for the 2019 SCCA Runoffs, to be held at Virginia International Raceway from October 8-13, 2019.

In the past, a premier class in SCCA, GT 1 is now on probation. Hopefully with its East Coast Runoffs venue, the claass will see more entrants. Photo: Stephanie Funk

28 classes will be on the starting grid, with five classes on probation due to low turnout numbers in 2018. The 28 classes for the 2019 Runoffs are American Sedan, B-Spec, E Production, Formula 500, Formula 1000, FormulaAtlantic, Formula Continental, Formula Enterprises, Formula Enterprises 2, Formula F, Formula Mazda, F Production, Formula Vee, GT-1, GT-2, GT-3, GT-Lite, H Production, Prototype 1, Prototype 2, Spec Miata, Spec Racer Ford 3, Super Touring Lite, Super Touring Under, Touring 1, Touring 2, Touring 3 and Touring 4.

The five classes that will be on probation are Formula 500, Formula 1000, Formula Atlantic, Formula Enterprises 2 and GT-1. These classes all had under 10 cars in the 2018 event. Per SCCA, the announcement reads, “If those classes do not have a minimum of 10 participants at the 2019 event, the class will run as a supplemental race, but no National Champion will be named.”

Perhaps moving the venue back to the east coast will bump the numbers back upin these classes.

Flat Track Racing to be Introduced at NHMS

Flat track racers coming to NHMS in June 2019
Photo Credit: AmericanFlatTrack.com

The First Race Debut is Scheduled for June 16, 2019

Billed as “America’s Original Extreme Sport” motorcycle flat track racing will debut on a new course being constructed at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH on Sunday, June 16, 2019.

Constructions on the quarter mile dirt oval began in October, behind the Motorsports Museum, and is expected to take approximately three months to complete.

The new venue will make the fourth racing surface at the facility, joining the 1.058 mile NASCAR oval, the 1.6 mile road racing course and the quarter mile dirt oval.Flat track racing has been around for a century now. It is touted as being the most competitive and prestigious dirt track racing for motorcycles in the world, with riders reaching speeds of up to 140 mph on the straights and 90 mph in the corners. The machines are production based with displacement up to 900 ccs. Brands such as BMW, Harley Davidson, Yamaha, Honda and more make up the fields. Purpose built race motors are specifically disallowed, making this a showplace for the manufacturers and riders.

With the Loudon Classic nearing its 100 year anniversary, the addition of the flat track races is sure to draw more crowds. For more information, or to buy tickets, visit www.americanflattrack.com



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