By Ray Hamill — It was a season that will be remembered for one reason above all others, but it was a season nonetheless.
And it certainly wasn’t without excitement.
Last weekend, the Redwood Acres Raceway closed out a shortened 2020 campaign, which saw five of the 10 scheduled events canceled, four of them because of COVID-19.
Considering the impact the ongoing pandemic has had on the sports world, however, even half a season was something to savor.
“Everybody was really happy that we got to do something,” raceway board member Jim Redd said. “We ended up racing five of the 10 races, and people were pleased with the season.”
Fans were not allowed in attendance at any of the events, but the action was streamed live every weekend.
Despite the lack of fans, the drivers and teams showed up in good numbers and adhered to the restrictions in place.
“Everybody was really good about that,” Redd added. “I was worried at first, but they knew if they didn’t (follow the protocols) we could get cut off.”
A new ownership group, Redwoods Acres Raceway LLC, took over the local track earlier this year and had plans for several changes and upgrades this summer to make it a better experience for the fans and drivers.
Most notably, a new state-of-the-art scoreboard was installed for the 2020 season.
And despite having no fans in attendance, the raceway managed to break even in the shortened season.