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Lightning sprints take off in heat No. 1 at Phillips County Raceway on the Fourth of July. A total of 15 lightning sprints turned out for the evening’s racing. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications

Weather prevails for nice 4th of July at Phillips County Raceway

    Morning rainfall and gloomy skies into mid-afternoon on the Fourth of July looked like racing at Phillips County Raceway might not happen.
    While tornado activity was even reported around 11 p.m., the sun peeked out before racetime, and weather was great for the action starting at 5 p.m.
    A total of 58 cars, including 15 lightning sprints, reported for the action.
    The weather earlier in the day hampered car count, as well as spectators, noted promoter Joe Bellm. People just didn’t quite believe the races would be held, and many didn’t risk the travel.
    However, weather was good for the track itself, said Bellm, adding that there were good low lanes, high lanes and midlanes.
    Next up for PC Raceway will be Back-to-School Night on Sunday, Aug. 4, with action starting at 5 p.m.

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