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posted December 29, 2000 05:23 PM
New Year's race at Volunteer Speedway postponed
By Robert Walden
BULLS GAP, Tenn. (Dec. 29) - Due to the extreme cold temperatures blasting the East Tennessee region, and Saturday's forecast from the National Weather Service predicting temperatures in the mid-20s, the "2nd annual Millennium Race" scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 30 at Volunteer Speedway has been postponed, according to track owner Joe Loven and promoter Brian Vance.
"Man, we had our fingers crossed hoping 'Mother Nature' would lend us a helping hand in sending some warmer temperatures to East Tennessee, but unfortunately she's not cooperating with us for this New Year's race," said Vance, Volunteer Speedway promoter. "We've had a lot of interest from both the drivers and fans regarding the New Year's race, but controlling the weather is just out of our hands. Last year, maybe we were just plain lucky in the great weather conditions we had for this race.
"Sure, when scheduling a race this time of the year, it is all contingent upon the weather. And there's just no way possible for us to get this event in this weekend. I really believe the fans would come out, but these racers have so much money invested in their racing equipment (engines), and it's not worth the risk when you're talking about $20,000-$25,000 engines in these cars."
For more information, contact Volunteer Speedway (423) 235-5020, Promoter Brian Vance (423) 477-0331, at night (423) 638-9347, or Public Relations/Media Contact Robert Walden at (423) 928-9644.