Storms Ravage Mansfield Area; NASCAR Doubleheader Still a Go A strong cell of thunderstorms swept over the Mansfield, Ohio area on Monday, August 21 leaving many areas in the Mansfield and Richland County area under several feet of water.
Storms Ravage Mansfield Area; NASCAR Doubleheader Still a Go
A strong cell of thunderstorms swept over the Mansfield, Ohio area on Monday, August 21 leaving many areas in the Mansfield and Richland County area under several feet of water. Weather reports had over five inches of rain on the ground overnight at Mansfield Lahm Airport, just across Ohio State Route 13 from Mansfield Motorsports Park. While the community was rocked by the storm, MMP did not suffer any damage and track officials still plan the NASCAR Busch East Series, Grand National Division and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour doubleheader slated for Saturday August 25 to be run as scheduled.
"There were many parts of Mansfield under water, and our hearts and prayers go out to anyone in the area that is dealing with flooding," said Mansfield Motorsports Park operations manager Bill Conn. "We have had our own share of weather disasters here at the track in recent years, and while it doesn't compare to damage to someone's home we certainly can understand some of what they might be going through right now. We've talked to some of the safety services personnel here in the Mansfield area and right now it's a little rough in some areas but they expect it to be a very short term situation. All of the areas where the hotels are, such as over in Ontario just a few minutes away, are on high ground and haven't been flooded. The race teams and race fans coming in from out of town shouldn't have any problems by the time they get here. We're working on getting the track area back into shape after all the rain and we should be pretty close to where we were before all this rain by Saturday."
Gates open for the NASCAR Doubleheader on Saturday morning at 10 A.M. Qualifying is scheduled for 1 P.M., and the green flag for the Modified portion of the double dip is scheduled for 3:30 P.M. The Busch East Series nightcap will go green at 5:30 P.M. Tickets are available online at www.mansfieldmotorsportsonline.com or by calling the Mansfield Motorsports Park ticket office at (419) 525-RACE (7223).