MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – The Myrtle Beach Speedway announced it would be rescheduling its Spring Break Myrtle Beach Nationals that was set to take place this weekend, as well as other upcoming events, due to the coronavirus outbreak.
According to a post on the raceway’s Facebook page, the Nationals, which were set for March 27 through March 29, have been rescheduled to May 8 through May 10. All Pre-registered cars and spectators will be automatically transferred.
“The safety, health and wellness of our guests are always the number 1 priority,” the post stated. “With the revised schedule we want you to feel confident and comfortable when visiting our outdoor speedway as enhanced sanitation standards are in place.”
At first, Myrtle Beach Speedway owner Bob Lutz felt the event could go on if people did their part in distancing themselves from one another.
But Horry County Councilman Johnny Vaught said that all changed after Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order to break up crowds of three or more to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
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“That sort of put a monkey wrench into this because you can’t control the crowd like that,” Vaught said.
Horry County Emergency Management Director Randy Webster said the decision to cancel the event will help slow the spread of the virus in Horry County.
“We were really happy to work with the Myrtle Beach Speedway in cooperation with them to make the decision that was made and we appreciate that,” Webster said.
Vaught said he knows that the Myrtle Beach Speedway is facing some big financial changes, and applauds them for putting the public’s health and safety as its top priority.
“He’s (Lutz) really stepped up to the plate as a citizen of Horry County as far as I’m concerned,” Vaught said.
Other events that have been rescheduled are:
5th ANNUAL HORRY COUNTY FAIR: April 24 to May 3 has been rescheduled to May 1 to May 10.
RACES scheduled for April 11 and April 25 have been postponed. Dates TBA.
SUMMER HEAT Myrtle Beach NATIONALS have been moved to July 24 through July 26