Another racing season will come to a close tomorrow at the Emo Speedway but the track is left with several question marks heading into next year.
The races, which were switched to Thursday nights from Friday this year, did not attract the fan support needed.
But fewer cars also made the trip to Emo. That, and the fact the track also experienced several rain-outs during the course of the summer (the most recent being last Thursday), definitely hurt gate revenue.
The track was dealt another blow when it lost a date during the Emo fall fair last month. Normally its biggest weekend of the season, racing was only held on the Thursday night due to concerts being booked for the Friday and Saturday.
“Everything was quite a bit slower,” track spokesperson Jane Allen said yesterday. “[Race promoter] Ed [Rea] wanted to give it a try for one year.”
Rea could not be reached for comment as to whether he will be back for a second year as the promotor.
Organizers also are unsure whether the annual year-end banquet and awards night will be held this year.
Meanwhile, in addition to the regular night of racing tomorrow, the track will stage a “fun” night featuring additional races.
“It’s the last race of the season so there won’t be any points awarded in the standings,” noted Allen.
The final points leaders from the track this past season were Rick Roche (modifieds), Ron Westover (streets), and Ken Perry (mini sprints).