Racing returns to Southside this summer

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - The racing stoppage at Southside Speedway was due to the stroke of the track's do-it-all promoter. Now she's almost at 100 percent, and the track is ready to rev up again.

The track announced Tuesday that they will race 6 or 7 events this summer, with the first one June 17. The complete schedule of those events will be released next month.

Promoter/owner Sue Clements suffered a stroke in January and as she began her recovery she was told by doctors to avoid all stresses. Clements decided to cancel the full season, because she would not be able to participate.

But now she's healthy, and ready to go back to work. She's been showered with well-wishes, but also with phone calls from drivers and fans disappointed that there was going to be no racing at Southside Speedway.

That is set to change with today's news. In other seasons, the track would hold special events about once a month.  But this year's limited schedule will have a special event on each racing day, and they will be spread throughout the summer.

Clements said she wanted to wait until the middle of June so that drivers who have not stayed active over the past few months will have enough time to get their cars ready for the season opener.

This is usually the biggest week of the summer with Denny Hamlin's Short Track Showdown.  With Clements's illness, the race was moved to RIR. Clements says she's confident that the race will return to Southside next year.

The speedway will remain a NASCAR sanctioned track, although individual races will not be sanctioned due to the partial schedule. A driver's meeting for all divisions will be held at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 at the speedway and all drivers and car owners are encouraged to attend.

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