By: Eric Huenefeld
Farmington Minnesota’s Dusty Mann claimed an abbreviated ‘Metro Medical 50’ for the Great Northern Sportsman Series (GNSS) on Friday night at Rockford Speedway as part of the opening night of the 51st Annual National Short Track Championships (NSTC).
Mann held off multiple charges from GNSS point leader Dave Trute as the race approached halfway. On the 26th circuit of the 50 lap race, persistent sprinkles, which had also over-swept the track earlier in the evening, moistened the track once again. That fact, along with a tangle between Howie Ware and Michael Gilomen at the same time, brought the racing to a halt. After an 85 minute Rain Delay, the 50 lap GNSS feture was called complete by series officials.
With wet conditions persisting and more rain forecast throughout the night, Rockford Speedway officials made the call to postpone the remainder of the evening’s program, which included the Midwest Dash Series, Roadrunners and Hornet/Bandit Challenge.
The following alterations have been made to the Saturday and Sunday racing schedules at NSTC…
MIDWEST DASH SERIES
Will run their 40 lap feature at 5 PM on “Short Track Saturday Night” October 1
ROADRUNNERS AND HORNET/BANDIT CHALLENGE
Will race their 25 lap features on “Championship Sunday” October 2. The Hornet/Bandit Challenge will run at 1 PM, with the Roadrunner feature will take the green before the Mid American and Super Late Model features.
FANS who purchased General Admission tickets for Friday night’s program at NSTC may exchange their tickets on either Saturday OR Sunday for a General Admission ticket to that day’s racing program.
Midwest Dash, Roadrunner and Hornet/Bandit DRIVERS may exchange their Friday night Pit Pass for a ONE DAY Pit Pass for either Saturday or Sunday’s show.