CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now)- Last Thursday, Intermountain Speedway got approval from the Health Department to host racing events, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their first racing event since the pandemic happened on Saturday, May 16, 2020. People were happy to see racing return to Cheyenne, as last weekend's event reached full capacity.
"They're just glad to be on the track and do some racing so that they could have a little bit of fun," Manager of Intermountain Speedway, Perry Kinard said.
Even though Intermountain Speedway still has guidelines to follow, such as being able to only allow 25 people in the grand stands, due to Health Department guidelines. Staff said denying people entry was difficult after Intermountain Speedway reached 160 people.
"Were doing everything that we need to do in hopes that we can keep racing because if we shut down, it will never open again," Kinard said.
Drivers had to take a different approach entering races. They're not allowed to have as many pit crew members as usual, due to social distancing. With this being a start in a new direction, Intermountain Speedway hopes their facility can fully open soon.
Racing resumes this weekend, On Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Intermountain Speedway. Driver's pits open at 10:00am, gates to the grand stands open at 3:00pm, time trials start at 5:00pm and racing begins at 6:00pm.
*Editors note: This story has been updated to reflect 25 people are allowed in the grand stands. A previous version stated 160 people were allowed.