By Ray Hamill — The 2021 Redwood Acres Raceway season begins in two weeks, with raceway officials releasing the full schedule this week.
And, according to board member Jim Redd, excitement is building, with fans permitted back in the stands for first time since the 2019 season.
“Everybody’s excited, and I expect us to sell out the Friday before the first race,” he said. “Just because so many people are itching to get back out.”
Under the current COVID restrictions, 1,300 spectators will be allowed, with tickets for opening night going on sale next Friday at noon, eight days in advance.
No tickets will be sold at the gate, with pre-sale tickets only.
And that’s not the only difference fans can expect.
No lines will be permitted at the food or beer stands, but food can be ordered and delivered to the seats, while vendors will be going around selling beer.
And that’s something that could be here to stay.
“In the long run, I think that will be a good improvement,” Redd said. “I want to keep it that way.”
The schedule features 11 days of racing, two a month through August and three in September, including the Fall Spectacular season finale, which features back-to-back days of action.
The number of drivers also appears to be up, especially in the Legends Division, which is expected to feature around 20 regular drivers.
Two big races on the schedule include the Legend Shootout on Sept. 11, which will feature a $2,000 payout for the winner and will pay all the way through 10th, as well as the Late Models Open on the final weekend, which will also feature a big payout as well as limited restrictions on the cars.
The North State Modified Series will also make two appearances at the raceway this season.