(Jackson, MN) — A southwest Minnesota stock car track wants to run live racing without fans in the stands later this month. Doug Johnson is the general manager of the Jackson Motorplex in Jackson County and says the facility would generate revenue from fans who would pay to watch the races over the internet. He says they’ve put a request into state officials hoping to get approval for a May 15th race date. Johnson says drivers and crew members would follow proper protocol of social distancing in the pit area and get all important pre-race info via email ahead of time. Racing teams would be distanced by at least 20 feet in the pit area and also overflow into the nearby camping grounds. Johnson says they are hoping to get positive feedback from the state this week, so they can begin planning and promoting the event. Johnson says the pay-per-view model is only a short term fix and would likely not be something they’d continue into the summer. Johnson says fans should monitor the track’s webpage and social media platforms for the latest, developing info.
Jackson Motorplex general manager Doug Johnson spoke with MNN Sports Director Mike Grimm:
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