Concord, N. C. – Drying a track after a rainstorm has always been a time-consuming and equally frustrating process to the race teams, the fans, the promoter and the television networks along with their audiences. Depending on the severity and timing of a storm, outcomes included lengthy delays and at times postponements. Re-scheduling a race is an expensive proposition to everyone involved and many fans can’t return for the rain date.
Years ago cars and trucks circulated the track to splash away the water and at times, large tires were dragged around a track. These methods preceded the use of jet dryers, which have been in use at major events for a while. Regardless, wet tracks spawn lengthy delays and/or rain-shortened events.
The new effort is said to involve the use of a series of pipes through which compressed air is rammed through. If it works, it has the potential to offset the use of jet dryers. As to when it will be tested and evaluated, no specifics were provided but the project is thought to have a high priority.