Star spangled start at Lorain Raceway Park

Wilson, Groetsch, Johnson, Newman top classes in park opener

By Michael Kelly

A hot day at the track turned into some hotly contested races in the season-opener at Lorain Raceway Park on Sunday (7/5/2020).

New owners Denise and Randy Maggio greeted the crowd along with their son and promoter Randy Maggio, Jr.. The family is merging operations with their other track, Painesville Speedway, under the mantra “Two Tracks, One Family”.

Matt Wilson of Richfield, OH took home the Street Stock feature title in the headline event of the night, after several stops and restarts to the 30-lap main event.

A limited number of fans, up to 1,800, were allowed into the event as the tracks adhere to state social distancing guidelines for Covid-19. That combined with temps in the low 90’s (and pushing 100 under the sun on the track) did not damper the turnout. Groups were spaced out by rows and gapped according to the 6-foot theory.

For more coverage, visit The Morning Journal and to see a complete list of results in each class including qualifying and heat-by-heat, visit the online home of Lorain Raceway Park

We also make no apologies for being big Jeep fans, so enjoy the restored 1953 Willys pictured in our gallery. It was restored and owned by long-time track figure Michael McCallister of Oberlin, who works race nights along with his son Eric, of Avon.