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Rain cancels inaugural 51 Super Select SLM All-Star Race at IRP

Weather canned Super Late Model racing’s version of the All-Star Race before it could even begin.

The remnants of Tropic Storm Gordon is expected to lead to flooding all weekend in the Indianapolis area, forcing CRA Super Series officials to cancel the inaugural 51 Super Select at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indiana.

The decision was made on Friday to prevent teams from having to travel with Saturday’s forecast calling for a 100 percent chance of race. Currently, only the Super Late Model portion of Saturday’s scheduled activities at Lucas Oil Raceway have been canceled. The USAC Silver Crown Rich Vogler Classic remains on as previously scheduled.

“We are all truly bummed about the effects of this storm and the weather forecast for this event,” said Bob Dillner, co-promoter of the event.  “We want the Speed51 Super Select to serve as a true all-star event for Super Late Model racing and we felt as though Mother Nature could have impacted that goal this weekend.  We appreciate Bob Sargent and Adam Mackey from Track Enterprises, as well as Glenn Luckett, R.J. Scott and the entire group from the Champion Racing Association and the staff at Lucas Oil Raceway for sticking with us and supporting this unique event.

“All of us look forward to 2019 and making this event a can’t-miss race on the short track racing calendar.”

The 2019 Super Select has already been scheduled for Saturday, September 7, 2019.

Once the decision was made to cancel the event Thursday morning, each team was reached out to on a person basis and informed of the decision.  All of the teams were understanding and supportive of the decision.

“It was the best scenario for everyone,” said Hudson, New Hampshire driver Derek Griffith.  “The weekend looked awful.  It just kind of played out right.  Instead of getting there, spending money and everything, it’s a lot easier on everyone to make the call like they did.  I’m glad everyone took into consideration where people were coming from to race and made the call to save us a little bit of money, instead of wasting the weekend.”

The race was an invitational where the promoters paid for the entry fee and four tires. Only the winner would collect a check. Every notable race winner or regional champion from across the country accepted an invitation to compete.

Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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