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‘Autograph Night’ set at Eriez

HAMMETT — Tonight is Autograph Night at Eriez Speedway.

The night that fans have traditionally been able to interact with drivers and get close to the machinery will have a completely different feel to it this year due to the COVID-19 issues. Instead of being held on the track the event will be behind the bleachers on the front straightaway. Pit gate employees will gather the “goodies” usually distributed on the front straight by race teams and all will be set up on the concourse. Each division’s points leader will display their car inside the grandstand fence at 5 p.m. and they will remain on display until 6:30 p.m. Fans will not be permitted to interact with drivers and crew due to the virus.

No coolers or bags will be permitted at this event unless they have been examined by track personnel. Wagons, strollers and backpacks will also need to be emptied for examination. No alcohol is permitted other than what is purchased at the track. Anyone found consuming alcohol not purchased at the track will be escorted from the track and not permitted to return. Anyone not appearing to be over 18 will need to have appropriate state ID. Racing will start at 7 p.m.

Please practice social distancing when near people not from your household. Track organizers also ask that fans not cheer when any driver has any misfortune on the track. Racing is a very expensive sport. No physical altercations will be tolerated. Anyone fighting will be removed from the track and not be allowed to return.

For drivers, Eriez Speedway does not charge a registration fee but all cars must be registered to race.

All six classes will be in action for a regular card of events including heat races and features for each class. Classes include: Mill Run Collision Super Late Models with Dave Hess Jr. leading Michael Knight, Steve Kania, Chris Hackett and Chub Frank; Darrell Bossard is the current Nic Dit Trucking RUSH Late Model leader over Breyton Santee; Randy Hall heads up the Waterford Hotel Outlaw E-Mod standings over John Boyd; The Curtze Food Service Street Stocks are led by defending champion John Boardman with another former champion, Jimmy Kennerknecht, riding second; Matt Alexander leads the Johnson’s Car Care and Collision Economod standings over Steve Simon; and Chris Horton heads up the L&D Tree Service Challengers with Mark Lawrence second.

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