Tomahawk Speedway welcomes racers, fans for opening weekendSubmitted: 05/24/2020

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TOMAHAWK - The two things you notice at the Tomahawk Speedway are the noise and the signs.

"We've got social distancing signs up all over the place, just to give people a reminder that hey, six feet is encouraged," said track co-owner Andrew Bartelt.

The speedway opened its season over the Memorial Day Weekend, finishing it off with the bluntly-titled Afternoon of Wrecking Stuff, a marathon demolition derby.

"This is basically a cheap way for us to get into it and have a little bit of fun," said racer Michael Plate.

Bartelt installed hand-sanitizing stations and asked people to stay six feet apart while watching the races.

"There isn't a dollar that's worth making that puts people's safety in jeopardy," Bartelt said. "If we didn't think we could pull this off safely, we wouldn't be attempting it."

The pits ran on reduced capacity to limit interactions, but some drivers said they were not worried about COVID-19.

"If I'm going to get the virus, I'm going to get the virus," Plate said. "But I'd rather be here getting the virus and dying from something I enjoy doing."

More than anything, people at the track expressed a desire to return to normal, and maybe wreck a few things along the way.

"Where else can you go on a Sunday afternoon for 30 dollars and wreck some stuff?" Plate said.

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