For Immediate Release
The 2018 racing season at Lorain County Speedway came to a close on Saturday September 1st with the crowning of the track champions for this year. Congratulations to our champions Mike Lawson (Modified); Todd McQuillen (Crate Sprint Cars); Bob Lusetti (Grand Nationals); Johnathan Newman (Pure Stocks) and Michael Parks (Chargers).
Going into this 2018 season with a returning staff of experienced officials & management, expectations were high that Lorain County Speedway could begin a turn around to the greatness of years past. Unfortunately this was not the case. With eight rain outs it was hard to build any continuity. The shows that were scheduled and held were hampered by lack of participation from competitors and below average fan attendance.
As this season was drawing to a close, the decision was made by Lorain County Speedway staff and management to cancel the traditional season ending 29th Annual Cavalcade Festival of Speed for 2018. The event was scheduled for September 28, 29, 30 with the rain dates being October 12, 13, 14. The weather could once again be a factor adding yet more rain outs to the almost two months of racing already lost. There are many other local speedways that have their Cavalcades scheduled so we would have to be mindful of their dates if we were to get rained out. Many years ago, the second day of our Cavalcade was being run in November.
There is the question of what divisions would we present at the Cavalcade Festival of Speed and what the participation would be like. On our July 7 event the Grand Nationals were to compete and not one Grand National car came to that event, also on July 21st a $1700 to win event was very poorly attended. Our other weekly divisions were also hurt by lack of participation throughout the 2018 season as well.
It is because of these and other factors that “regrettably” there will not be a Cavalcade Festival of Speed this season. The groundwork for the 2019 auto racing season at Lorain County Speedway is already being laid out. It is too early to tell just what changes will be made, but there will be changes. There will be updates announced during the off season.
The staff and management of Lorain County Speedway would like to thank all of the drivers, car owners and most of all the race fans for supporting us through this first year of rebuilding. LCS will be back again in 2019 so that we can all go racing again at the historic 3/8 mile oval. Also, 2018 banquet information will be announced later this fall.