If the third time is the charm, Quain Stott isn’t feeling so charmed these days.
The past Pro Modified champion turned period-correct Gasser promoter says the forced postponement of his Southeast Gassers Association Lassiter Mountain Dragway event scheduled for May 9, is the third time he’s had the rug pulled out from underneath him.
Stott watches as other states are loosening restrictions, and opening public establishments and yet drag strips, possibly the largest of all venues remain closed.
“We’re spending money promoting the races and then getting rugs jerked out from underneath us,” Stott said. “It’s just freaking unbelievable. And to think Trump’s opening everything up May 1. So, at this point, we’re like, ‘Hey, we’re good to go now, for sure.”
“Then, these individual governors are making their own decisions.”
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey extended the safer at home order until May 15, wiping out all the money he and track promoter Carl Bartlett paid for both radio and television ads.
“In one moment, she wiped out a whole bunch of work we all had done; forget the money we spent, it’s all the work that went into it,” Stott explained.
Stott understands his mistake was in believing national had precedence over State.
Stott said he wasn’t trying to be loose or reckless with today’s health standards and had measures in place to ensure the safety of racers, officials and spectators.
“We already had hand sanitizers all over the track, including the concession stand, and bathrooms. We planned to have hand sanitizing stations around the track. We even marked off sections of the grandstands so we could be mindful of the social distancing stuff. We were trying to do the best we could. We certainly didn’t want anyone getting sick because they wanted just to get out and go to the track.”
Stott said he just doesn’t understand the double-standard.
“You can have all of these people all up on top of one another in Walmart and its okay, but then you get people at a drag strip far apart from one another and it’s the end of the world,” Stott said. “I just don’t get it. Makes no sense.”
Stott said he expected about 1500 spectators; not an overly large amount to practice social distancing.
“It’s outdoors! Not a mall or anything, which by the way they are opening up around here,” Stott said, voice elevating.
“The way they’re doing people’s lives. We got some major issues going on now in this country because of what they’re doing.”
The Southeast Gassers Association is scheduled to kick off its season on June 6 at London Dragway in Kentucky. He’s rescheduled the Lassiter Dragway date until the end of August.
Stott admits he has a couple of weeks after the stay at home order is expected to be lifted until his series heads to Kentucky but is quick to point out he’s not taking any chances.
“That’d be like Charlie Brown expecting Lucy not to pull the football away at the last minute,” Stott said. “I’ve seen this show enough times already.”
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