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Speedway offering racing this summer – just not to live crowd

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...