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Stafford Motor Speedway Opening Night: Answering key questions

Modified fans and racing fans will rejoice Friday night when Stafford Motor Speedway opens its 2020 racing season with its five divisions of cars.

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Stafford Motor Speedway has implemented new policies and features for the 2020 season to keep the fans safe and the racing accessible to everyone.

Will fans be allowed to attend?

Yes. The track is allowed to operate with fans thanks to an executive order passed by Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont on June 17, allowing for “outdoor event venues” to open at limited capacity.

As such, Stafford Motor Speedway will be operating at 25 percent capacity for the time being to follow Connecticut guidelines.

What policies will be in effect for fans Friday night?

Lines on the track midway will also be marked with tape to allow for proper social distancing.

Masks must be worn to enter the track and to walk down the midway, to the bathrooms, or while waiting in any line. While masks will not be required in the stands, they are strongly encouraged, and track management has designated a grandstand section that will be strictly masks-only.

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Where can I buy a ticket for a Stafford event?

All tickets must be pre-purchased online at the track website. Purchases will be available at will-call on race day. Friday night’s event has been sold out due to restrictions on grandstand capacity.

Where can I watch the racing?

On Thursday night, Stafford announced a pay-per-view service available for purchase to fans for each event this season, save for Whelen Modified Tour events.  The price for weekly events will be $20, while special events, such as Open Modified shows, will cost $30. 25 percent of each sale will go directly to race teams.

Pay-per-view purchases can be made at staffordspeedway.tv.

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Paul Lambert is an aspiring collegiate journalist. A writer and broadcaster, Paul's excited to cover New England short track racing in 2019. Paul has also been published in Speedway Illustrated and on Autoweek.com.

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