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Lebanon Valley dirt track season cut short

Aug 18, 2020 5:30 am
Kate Lisa is reporting for the Johnson Newspaper Corp. the dirt track season at Lebanon Valley Speedway will be cut short this year, after a state district judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's executive order banning spectators from racetracks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “That’s the end of the season,” Lebanon Valley’s attorney Ken McGuire Jr. said August 17. “There’s no way to fund it. We didn’t open until July to start with, and now are closing the third weekend in August.” The raceway's season championship will not take place. Fulton Speedway’s 35th annual Outlaw 200 Weekend event in September is also canceled, McGuire said. The raceway's dragstrip will continue to hold events, McGuire said, because it depends on drivers, not fans. Lebanon Valley, along with four other New York tracks, filed a motion on July 16 requesting a preliminary injunction, or court order, to prevent Cuomo and state Attorney General Letitia James from limiting outdoor gatherings as long as spectators observe social distancing. In the underlying complaint, the raceways argued that Cuomo's order forbidding spectators infringes on the right to assemble. Lebanon Valley Speedway, owned by Howard Commander, features a quarter-mile dragstrip and half-mile high-banked oval dirt track on Route 20 in West Lebanon for professional and amateur races, lessons and bleachers for spectators. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.