High Heat Cancels Bloomington Speedway Races

Traffic at the Bloomington Speedway will slow to a stop Friday night because of the persistent high heat.

Bloomington Speedway Sign

Photo: Bill Shaw

A sign warns of the closure of Bloomington Speedway due to high heat.

Traffic at the Bloomington Speedway will slow to a stop Friday night because of the persistent high heat.  On a well-attended Friday of racing, the Bloomington Speedway can draw 3,000 to 4,000 fans.  But promoter Mike Miles said a recent incident weighed heavily on his mind when deciding whether to cancel the evening’s races.

“Two weeks ago, we had a really hot night – not as hot as this, but pretty hot – one of our fans got overheated and we needed to assist with the ambulance,” he said.  “I can see that happening again tonight and it’s just really not worth it, not worth taking the risk.”

In addition to public safety concerns, Miles said canceling the racing actually saves the speedway money versus keeping the schedule intact and running the risk of drawing a below-average crowd.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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