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Baer Field fooling with Mother Nature for race weekend

Dave Muzzillo
Dave Muzzillo
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Hoping for full schedule this weekend

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 02:37 pm

Because of the weather, Baer Field Motorsports Park hasn’t been able to run a regular racing schedule since April 8. Every day has become a “What’s the forecast” day for promoter Dave Muzzillo.

“I watch the radar for when are we going to mow the grass, how much good are we going to order, how much pop are we going to order because the weather depends on how many people come out,” Muzzillo said. “A lot of people don’t realize that we work out here seven days a week to get prepared to race and then Mother Nature kills us with rain. It’s just devastating to me and the guys who work out here all week.”

Last week, there were 68 missed calls on Thursday wondering what would happen, and on Friday Muzzillo had to pull the plug on the weekend because there was 10 inches of water standing in the driveway.

With fingers crossed and a peak at the radar, the track is hoping to run a full schedule of races this weekend, starting with mini-sprints on Friday and go-karts on Saturday at the 1/8-mile dirt track, and a full schedule for the five regular divisions Saturday on the asphalt tracks. Another feature will be the Perfit Modifieds, a tour of vintage cars from the 1940s.

“As long as Mother Nature doesn’t realize that we’re racing, we’ll be OK,” Muzzillo joked.

Despite the weather on weekends, Muzzillo and crew have used the extra time to add to the track. Besides a new scoreboard, a new lighting system and new sound system have also been added.

“I tell everyone that everything always happens for a reason, and this just gave us more time to get more stuff prepared for the weekend,” Muzzillo said. “We have a surround- sound PA system now. Fans will probably actually start complaining because they paid money to listen to the race cars and now they won’t be able to hear them.”

Spectator gates open at 4 p.m. Saturday, qualifying begins at 4:15 p.m. and the special five division show will go green at 7 p.m. Adult grandstand admission is $12, children ages 8-15 are $6, and age 7 and under are admitted free.

For more on local racing, follow Blake Sebring on Twitter at @blakesebring and on Facebook at Blake Sebring.

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