Once the Crawford-Bowers IMCA Hobby Stocks started rolling in their drizzle-soaked heat race Saturday night, you could tell it was only a matter of moments before the call would come.
With the cars moving slower than any self-respecting driver would allow and the track surface becoming more slippery by the second, Texas Thunder Speedway promoter David Goode sent word to shut it down. We were rained out.
Up to that point, with a good-sized thunderstorm moving in from the east, three Street Stock heats and the Automax IMCA Southern SportMods had finished their preliminaries. I don't remember too much about those races, except that Chris Florio of Copperas Cove won the first street heat and Harker Heights driver Jason Batt had tried his hand in the class and come up victorious. Otherwise, it was watch the radar and hope.
Mother Nature wouldn't cooperate this time and soon, a big flurry of cold, driving raindrops sent fans scurrying for shelter under the pavilion, inside the new air conditioned souvenir shop, or to the front gate for ticket refunds.
I would like to salute those fans who stayed to watch the Iron Soldiers, a soldiers ministry group which had driven in from Childress, do their salute, performed in the rain, honoring our fallen heroes. Thanks to this outfit for what you do. I just wish we could have given you a better night for it.
It was also a disappointment for the scads of little race fans who were looking forward to riding on the race cars at intermission.
But, as we were packing up to head home, promoter David put it well.
"These things happen," Goode said. "We've been pretty lucky with only two rain outs this season, especially when we need the rain so bad. We'll be back next week."
Amen to that, boss.
See ya at the track!