UPDATE #1 - FACT - (5-26-15 @ 7:00 am CST) - To be fair, here is Huset's reasoning behind the decision to cancel the NSL race which was posted on the tracks Facebook page on Monday... We've faced a lot of questions about Sunday's event. Here's what we can explain about our thought process.
While we certainly are not in the business of doing our business over social media, but here's an explanation.
In retrospect, it is easy to say that the race should have been cancelled at noon. However, at that time, it was misting at the track and the NWS forecast that we called to get said they were considering significantly decreasing the chance of afternoon rain. With that information, we decided to wait a bit and see how it worked out.
By 2:00, we still had only received some mist. The racing surface was fine and because of how we had previously packed the infield area, it too was fine. I’m confident we could have put cars on the infield with only 30 minutes or so of work.
By 3:00, we’re confident that we’re going to race as the mist has stopped and the pavement is turning dry. At this point, we’ve considered that Monday is a holiday and one of the few race days we have each year that the majority of the teams/fans do not have to work the following morning. The decision is made that we can even start the event as late at 8:30 or 9:00 as we can see on radar that another small shower will soon pass over the track but we’re told it should end by 5:00 and that would be the end of the precipitation.
However, as that small line of showers entered the Sioux Falls area, it bloomed into a much larger cell. Huset’s staff members, with decades of experience working on this dirt, carefully watched the infield area for it to turn from workable to a loss. That happened during this rain shower. At exactly 4:36, it was decided that we would not be able to work the infield and get the event started. Best case scenario at that point was to start racing at midnight or cancel. We cancelled.
That meant going back through the facility and turning off all the concession equipment that was warming, some food was prepared and that was thrown away or given to staff members who were already there and working in preparation for the event.
So to go back to the original idea of cancelling at noon, that would have been easy. However, if that last rain shower had not grown just before arriving here, we would have looked like fools for that decision and faced a similar outcry.
FACT - (5-25-15 @ 9:30 am CST) - Verbal shots have been fired. Huset's Speedway was suppose to host the National Sprint League Sunday night. The track received rain all day with no signs of letting up. Steve Rubin (promoter at Huset's) refused to cancel and said they will do whatever it takes to get the show in. Finally, the decision came to cancel the show at 4:41 pm on Huset's Twitter account. With most of the NSL teams already in town, Steve told race director, Chuck Zitterich that the drivers can just run the 360 race the next night at the track. Huset's was asked to run their NSL race on Monday, with the 360 race but Huset's refused. Bottom line, Rubin was stalling as long as he could to get some of the NSL teams in town, hoping some of the teams would stick around and run the Loren Barstad Memorial on Monday.
Tod Quiring posted the following on his Facebook page.... Steve Rubin did not cancel the NSL race this morning because his intention was to get all of our guys there and cancel tonight and then have the 5 NSL guys that have 360's race tomorrow night and try and get around what the NSL has put together for the good of the fans and drivers. Why didn't Mr. Rubin put on a two day NSL 410 show? Ask him! I know why? Anyway what the NSL has put together is nothing like anyone else has ever done. Our NSL drivers have their own choice to race at Huset's tomorrow. Let's get these promoters thinking about racing instead of the $$$! But the choice is...not run at Huset's or run at Huset's and risk loosing tow money and point fund money. Tod sent out text messages to all (or most) NSL teams stating that they are not allowed to run the 360 race at Huset's without risking the loss of the point/tow money.
This is why the WoO have their rule in place to restrict their drivers from racing in non-WoO races...promoters wanting specific drivers at their shows without paying those respective organization fees.