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Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth Canceled amid Extreme Weather
04/07/16 at 12:09pm
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April 7, 2016
Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth Canceled amid Extreme Weather Forecast
Jamaica, Virginia (April 6, 2016) – After extensive discussion and study of weather forecasts for the area, officials of Virginia Motor Speedway have reluctantly decided to cancel Saturday’s $20,000 to win Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth.
The National Weather Service is forecasting temps well below freezing for Saturday along with 20 MPH winds. There is also a high percentage of precipitation forecasted which would make preparing the track for the event difficult if not impossible. Without a suitable make-up date the event will be postponed until 2017. However the Aaron’s title sponsorship and the $20,000 to win purse will be transferred to the USA 100 which is scheduled on Saturday, June 4th.
“This is obviously not what we wanted to happen with this event. We have poured a lot of time, effort and resources into making the Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth a success. But the weather forecast is just ominous. We were hoping that it would improve but those cold temps and wind coupled with the precipitation that we will surely get and there is just no way that we could expect people to be here and be able to enjoy the event. So we will take care of our friends at Aaron’s by transferring that title to the USA 100 in June.” said Virginia Motor Speedway Director of Marketing and PR Dave Seay.
Potomac and ULTIMATE officials later agreed that the success of the Friday event could be seriously hampered with the cancellation of the Saturday event. “It is very unfortunate but there isn’t anything anyone can do about the weather. Saturday just looks miserable. It just doesn’t make any sense to ask people to try to endure that kind of weather. We hate to lose a race anytime but sometimes you just have to play the cards that are dealt and do what’s best for everyone. On the bright side the weather looks good for Potomac on Friday so the weekend won’t be a total washout.” said ULTIMATE Series Owner and Founder Stan Lester.
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