Steven Bradley, Winnipeg, Manitoba (November 27) Management at Winnipeg’s Red River Co-op Speedway made the announcement that most everyone expected – the WISSOTA Super Stocks and the Monday Night Racing program have been cut from the schedule for the 2014 race season. Suffering car counts in the Super Stock class and less than stellar crowds on Monday nights were the main factors in the track’s decision.
Here is the notice that was sent out from general manager Blair Bodley.
“We would like to thank everyone for their patience while we have been sorting out our race program for the 2014 season. As you can imagine, it has been an extremely difficult process, as we have taken a look at every option available to us. Throughout this process we were given the opportunity to look at all facets of the operation, past and present, and make a decision that will improve both the driver and fan experience at Red River Co-op Speedway.
We understand that not everyone will like or endorse these changes, but it is a positive step towards future growth at Red River Co-op Speedway; and a step to bring life and excitement back to our Thursday program.
Effective immediately, there are 2 changes taking place:
– The Monday racing program is cancelled, with all classes moved to Thursday.
– The Super Stock class has been eliminated, and will no longer be offered at Red River Co-op Speedway.
Both of these decisions have been extremely difficult to make and by no means do we enjoy breaking this news. The Monday program, although a great idea, just cannot sustain itself, and the Super Stock class is declining in numbers, not only at our track, but nation-wide.
Once again, we are sorry for the delay in getting this information to you, but we wanted to make sure that we left no stone unturned in making this very difficult decision.
The Thursday schedule will be announced in the new year, and we are very excited to get everything planned out and share it with all of you.”
With the release of this information, there remain 8 classes at Manitoba’s premier dirt oval. Racers and their fans are waiting patiently on how the facility plans on rotating these classes. Of course, the WISSOTA classes are expected to fill the majority of each weekly show, but everyone is wondering how the 4 Cylinder Stocks, Pure Stocks and Northern Super Trucks and Lightning Sprints will fill in the extra spaces.
As the speedway continues to work on scheduling, many of us wonder where veteran Super Stock drivers like Mike Martin, Kevin Penner and Kevin Groenheide will end up. Super Truck? Midwest Mod? Modified? These racers are probably waiting for the release of the 2014 schedule to make a final decision.
Stay tuned for more information expected to roll out of Red River Co-op Speedway early in the new year!