By Cheryl Cooksey, Motorsports Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
For the first time in almost a year, the green flag will fly on a competitive event at the 3⁄8-mile track at the Garfield County Fairgrounds Saturday night.
The originally scheduled season-opener was slated for Aug. 10, but was postponed due to wet conditions.
Promoter Justin Bingham was awarded the contract for stock car racing by the Garfield County Trust Authority in June, and is anxious to open the gates of Enid Speedway for the fans and drivers in northwest Oklahoma.
“We are all excited about Saturday, but I have to admit it’s a little nerve-wracking too,” said Bingham. “We’ve been working hard to get all our I’s dotted and T’s crossed.
The rookie promoter said while it is late in the season and the track has minimal sponsorship, he has high hopes for the inaugural event.
Classes invited to the season opener include mini stock, cruisers, pure stock, factory stock, street stock, sport modified and modified. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. with races starting at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are available at Jus 10 Time at 2811 W. Garriott or at the gate on Saturday.
Race fans should mark their calendars as stock racing returns to the high banks during the Garfield County Fair this year. Regular divisions will run a full card on Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. The E-Sprints join the other classes on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.
The Garfield County Fair Championship event will include bicycle races, tire changing competitions, race car rides and driver autographs.