PIR shuts down until season finale Sept. 28; KVRA schedules race Sept. 8 at Nebo track

PADUCAH -- Paducah International Raceway, which was slated to be the site of four straight Friday nights of racing for Kentucky Vintage Racing Association, announced Thursday that it has canceled races on Aug. 31 and Sept. 7, 14 and 21 and will conclude the year's racing with its season championship event on Sept. 28.
 
The reason for the cancelation is that the pond on the southern end of the track property, which provides the water for irrigating the track before each week's racing program, has suffered from the drought and extremely hot temperatures and, according to track officials, is nearly dry.
 
The matter is in all likelihood moot for this weekend, with forecasts of up to 84 percent chance of rain and storms as the remnant of Hurricane Isaac makes its way toward the heartland after making landfall Wednesday on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Mississippi. Several high school football games have been moved up from Friday night to Thursday night because of concerns about imclement weather on Friday.

But the decision leaves KVRA competitors hanging. As of now, KVRA president Mark Moore said the vintage cars will run at Paducah on Sept. 28. Moore said he has also scheduled a race on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Western Kentucky Speedway in Nebo. Other late additions to the schedule are being discussed with other track operators.
 
Management of PIR arranged to have the vintage cars race on the four canceled dates less than two weeks ago when the track made an adjustment in the schedule it had posted at the beginning of the season, which called for an open date on Sept. 21 and the season finale on Sept. 28. The open date was to avoid competition with Paducah's Barbecue on the River festival, but the festival is going to be Sept. 28, not Sept. 21. The original plan called for KVRA to compete this week and Sept. 14.
 
The schedule announced two weeks ago moved the season finale to Sept. 21.
 

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