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Speedway offering racing this summer – just not to live crowd


September 23, 2020

LOREN KRUESI stands next to his two stock cars, which regularly run at the Willamette Speedway. Kruesi has managed the racetrack since last December.

Loren Kruesi stands outside the Willamette Speedway racetrack on a hot early-September summer afternoon.

It's a couple days until the next Race Day and he's been tweaking some things – on his two personal race cars, parked beside his trailer, and for the track, which he's managed since last December.

The track has been in operation for nearly a month now, sans spectators.

But racers have responded with enthusiasm, Kruesi said. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, participation is limited to 250 people – but the number of racers and crew members on Labor Day weekend totaled just about tha...

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