FORT WAYNE – The heavy rains that swept through the area Wednesday evening left large puddles on Baer Field Speedway’s half-mile dirt track, postponing the inaugural Kenny Wallace 100.
That left Wallace, a former NASCAR Nationwide series driver and 1989 rookie of the year, unable to attend his namesake race in the Summit City.
He confirmed by Twitter, however, that he will return to Fort Wayne on July 16 for the Three Rivers Festival 100, assuming no last-minute obligations with his own NASCAR schedule arise.
Wallace is a commentator for Fox.
David Stremme, the 2003 NASCAR Nationwide Rookie of the Year, was planning to participate in Saturday’s running of the Outlaw Super Late Models but has withdrawn, according to Baer Field’s Facebook page. The 100-lap feature will award $10,000 to the winner.
The postponement of the Kenny Wallace 100 shifts the schedule for the upcoming weekend.
Regularly scheduled Short Track Drag Races today have been canceled, and Saturday’s Family Night has been canceled.
The Baer Field ARBodies Late Models, Street Stocks, Afdent Dental Mini Stocks and Front Wheel Drives will return for the Jon Raney Birthday Bash on June 28.
We apologize to the fans and racers who were looking forward to Family Night’ this weekend, promoter Jon Raney said in a release.
We had a very large pre-sale of advance tickets for (Wednesday’s) event and a lot of racers who took off two days of work to be here, he added.
All but one of the drivers who were here today has committed to return this Saturday, plus several new teams who weren’t here because of the threatening weather and wear and tear from racing the previous weekend are expected to join us. Regardless of Wednesday or Saturday, it’s still the highest-paying race of the season, so far, so they’ll be back!
The Baer Field Speedway Modifieds will take part in a 50-lap race Saturday with the winner receiving $1,600.
Any tickets or pit passes bought in advanced for Wednesday’s races will be honored on Saturday.