Dixie faces its latest foreboding forecast
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
August 17, 2013 12:50 AM | 8279 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rain may be in the forecast again, but Dixie Speedway isn’t canceling the races just yet.

Track spokeswoman Mia Swims-Green said they will wait as long as possible to make the call after having several events rained out earlier in the season.

“A lot of tracks will call the race early if rain is coming in,” Swims-Green said. “Several other tracks in the area have already canceled because of the forecast, but our experience has shown that it’s always better to wait and see. This year has certainly made it a challenge, though, to wait and see.”

As for Friday night, the National Weather Service had forecasted a 60-percent chance of rain as the races were set to go on at Dixie. Swims-Green said the best way for fans to see if the races are going on as planned is to check online.

“You can follow us on Twitter or Facebook,” she said. “That is the first place that we will put stuff up. We post updates all the way, like, ‘Gates are open as of this time,’ or, ‘We’ve had a brief shower, but all looks good.’ Unless it looks like a total washout, we will wait.”

This is especially true for young fans who may want to participate in the bicycle races.

“As of now, everything is on, especially if they plan on participating,” Swims-Green said. “Just watch on Facebook and Twitter.”

As for all of the rainouts, Swims-Green said it’s affected the track’s bottom line, but they are just as concerned about the fans missing the entertainment and the drivers wasting their time.

“If we can have the event again, and (fans) are able to use their tickets, then it’s a win-win,” Swims-Green said. “We have double the advertising and double the staff budget for both events instead of one. We have a saying that everybody loses on a rainout. We hate it for our fans, too. It really hurts the drivers, too, because then they lose a points race.”

Swims-Green said many of the drivers and staff members drive from other counties each Saturday night. It takes their time and the expense of travel when a race can’t be held.

“We are going to try our best to get it in of course,” she said.

Admission for tonight’s races start at $10 for the grandstands. Gates open at 5 p.m., and racing is slated to begin at 7 p.m.
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