Weather Pushes Big Night At Baer Field To Saturday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – One of the biggest nights on Baer Field Speedway’s schedule this season will take place a few days later than originally planned.
The “Kenny Wallace 100” scheduled for tonight has been postponed due to heavy thunderstorms.
It will be re-scheduled for Saturday, June 21.
Wallace himself was slated to drive in the evening’s events, alongside current NASCAR Sprint Cup driver David Stremme. Unfortunately, Wallace will not be able to race on Saturday, but will be back at Baer Field for the “Three Rivers Festival 100” on July 16. Stremme is expected to return.

Strong storms swept across northeast Indiana Thursday afternoon, just as cars were preparing to practice for the highly-anticipated “Kenny Wallace 100.” The intense rain forced Speedway officials to cancel the evening’s racing program, and reschedule it for Saturday, June 21.

“The rain hit us at just the wrong time,” said promoter Jon Raney. “With only a few dozen Modifeds and other safety vehicles that we could put on the track, it was going to be close to 6:00 before we could have had any on-track action and then we still would have had to let the cars get in some practice then qualify before any racing would have taken place. We would have been hard-pressed to get racing underway before 8:30

The postponement will create a domino-effect of other schedule changes for this weekend’s events. Both the regularly scheduled Friday night Short Track Drag Races and the $5 “Family Night” scheduled for Saturday have also been canceled.

That means this Saturday, June 21, the Outlaw Super Late Models will return for a 100-lap Feature around the historic half-mile for a GUARANTEED $10,000 to-win! Plus, the Baer Field Speedway Modifieds will go 50-laps for $1,600 to-win. The Baer Field ARBodies Late Models, Street Stocks, Afdent Dental Mini Stocks, and the Front Wheel Drives will all now have the night off, returning for the “Jon Raney Birthday Bash” on Saturday, June 28.

Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts prohibit Kenny Wallace from returning this Saturday, but he did say he would be back on Wednesday, July 16 to participate in the “Three Rivers Festival 100!” Barring last-minute obligations with his NASCAR effort, David Stremme does plan to be back this Saturday.

“We apologize to the fans and racers who were looking forward to ‘Family Night’ this weekend,” said promoter Jon Raney. “We had a very large pre-sale of advance tickets for this event and a lot of racers who took off two days of work to be here. We can’t ask everyone to be here for a third day, so we decided to drop back to the Saturday rain date. All but one of the drivers who were here today has committed to return this Saturday, plus several new teams who weren’t here because of the threatening weather and wear and tear from racing the previous weekend are expected to join us. Regardless of Wednesday or Saturday, it’s still the highest-paying race of the season, so far, so they’ll be back!”

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