Only a few days left until Barona Speedway’s opening night of their 2021 Season. There are lots of changes going on this season that I hope will benefit drivers and fans alike. There are some leadership changes and they have been putting lots of hours into the track, pit area and stands. We will see come Saturday how everything has come together.
Due to Covid Restrictions last year, they were only able to put together four races. Local San Diego guys and gals had to travel to distant locations to get in any racing in. The closest locations in Arizona had less strict Covid rules which opened up some winter racing opportunities at tracks like Cocopah Speedway in Yuma. Although this is a great track with a great promoter, it’s 2.5 hrs from San Diego and makes for a long weekend.
Barona Speedway has added some new classes this year. The IMCA Northern Sports Mods and a variety of Sprint cars will round out the lineup this season. On opening night, April 3rd, the fans will see IMCA Modifieds, Lightning Sprints, Dwarfs, Street Stocks, Sports Mods, Pure Stocks, and Pony Stocks (in that order). The night is not complete without the kid’s mini cars in the infield. The little kids range from 4-14 years old. My favorite part of the night is listening to the winners being interviewed by the announcer.
Another change this year is the use of transponders on race cars. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a device that tracks the car’s position on the track. Additionally, the device sends information to MyRacePass and the Speedhive App to see lineups and positioning. These apps are available without a subscription but have more features if you subscribe.
As for Corning Motorsports, we plan on taking out two of our cars this weekend. Billy Hackett will be driving the Harris Modified car and his father, Bill Hackett, will be turning the Shaw Sports Mod. Billy has only been behind the wheel a few times since being a regular part of the Barona lineup a few years ago. He has a few wins under his belt and can be a force once he settles in. On the other hand, this is only the second time Bill has been in the Sports Mod and never on this track. Hopefully, he will get acclimated a bit during some practice laps on Friday night.
Stay tuned for updates after the races to see how these guys finish. I will let you know my thoughts on how all the changes affect the new season. For information on prices to come out and watch yourself follow the link below. Hope to see you all out there.