Jamaica, Virginia – With the impending severe weather forecast, for the local area and much if not all the East Coast, management of Virginia Motor Speedway, Ultimate Super Late Model Series and FASTRAK Racing have made the difficult decision to cancel the April 20th $20,000 to win King of the Commonwealth.

“With over 3 inches of rain and the forecast for damaging high winds and possible tornado’s this evening and into the early morning hours we have unfortunately made the decision to cancel tomorrows event.” said Virginia Motor owner Bill Sawyer.

Sawyer added, “with the severe weather threat we just can’t predict what is going to happen, so we had to make this decision with the safety of our fans and competitors in mind.”

The local forecast is calling for winds gusting to 75 mph, tornado warnings and three inches of rain. With an already saturated grounds it really makes it a task daunting to get the parking areas and track ready for such a big event.

“Unfortunately, Mother Nature is once again forcing us to make a decision. With the treat of severe weather up and down the East Coast we feel that this is the best decision for the teams, fans and officials, al lot of which are traveling considerable distances to attend the King of the Commonwealth. Above all else, we must keep everyone’s safety in mind,” commented FASTRAK International Companies Vice-President DJ Irvine.

Virginia Motor Speedway will now switch gears to its weekly racing season next Saturday April 27th featuring the Victory Lap Pro Late Model, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified and Collision One Limited Stock Car divisions in their first race of the season.

Divisions scheduled to race on Saturday April 27th: Victory Pro Late Models (33 Laps); Budweiser Modifieds (30 Laps); Truckin Thunder Sportsman (30 laps) and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars (25 laps). All divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features.

Admission price for Adults $12, seniors (60+) $10; military (active/retired w/ proper I.D.) $8, students 13 – 17 years old $6 and children 12 and under admitted free. Pit passes will be $20.

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a ½ mile dirt oval track is located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA in Jamaica, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads area.

8 Comments

  1. John Bingman April 19, 2019, 6:11 pm

    Could have waited till morning might not be that bad I think you pulled the trigger to quick

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    • admin April 19, 2019, 6:54 pm

      John, that could be the case. With winds gusting to 80mph we have had to take down billboards and get this place ready for any issues with weather. Whole state is under tornado warning now.

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  2. Matt April 19, 2019, 6:39 pm

    When will the reschedule date be for this event ?? Or when is the next race at the oval ?

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    • admin April 19, 2019, 6:52 pm

      We will be discussing Monday with the series.

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  3. Ed. Beck April 19, 2019, 8:50 pm

    Good to call it early , many have to travel and that cost the teams . It may be a sport but it cost money . keep up the good work .

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  4. Bill Lawson April 19, 2019, 9:04 pm

    To many teams traveling to many miles to even chance a race like this one and with predicted rain and wind, not to mention what the property could be, GOOD CALL, Bill & Clark Sawyer

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  5. Martha & Casey Frame May 2, 2019, 1:03 pm

    When is or will there be a makeup date or rescheduling of the “ King of the Commonwealth” Race at Virginia Motor Speedway this year? This is a prime or premier annual event at the track!!! These big races get you National attention…

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    • admin May 2, 2019, 7:06 pm

      We are still looking at dates that might fit. It is harder than you would think to find a make-up date and not schedule on top of other races.

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