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South Boston Speedway officials confirmed Wednesday the season opener at the track — the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort Late Model Twin 100s racing program — and post-race fireworks show scheduled for Saturday night has been canceled.

Joe Chandler, South Boston Speedway public relations director, released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying the cancellation is due to restrictions in Phase Three of the re-opening plan for the commonwealth of Virginia and implications to the speedway’s insurance coverage.

However, Virginia is currently in Phase Two of the re-opening plan. Gov. Ralph Northman said on Tuesday, he plans to enter Virginia into Phase Three on Wednesday.

Phase Two allows for “certain recreation and entertainment venues without shared equipment” to open with restrictions including museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens and outdoor concert, sporting and performing arts venues, according to a June 2 release from the governor.

Nonetheless, “South Boston Speedway officials have no choice but to cancel,” as stated in the release.

Track officials said refunds would be provided to those fans that purchased advanced tickets for the event.

“We are extremely disappointed in having to cancel the event,” South Boston Speedway Officials said in the prepared statement.

“Unfortunately, circumstances over which we have no control make it impossible for us to proceed with the event. We very much appreciate the support we have received from our competitors, fans and sponsors as we have attempted to start our 2020 season.”

Under the Commonwealth’s Phase Three re-opening plan, the speedway would be limited to a capacity of 1,000 patrons.

“The Phase Three guidelines still make it impossible for us to hold our exciting events for race fans and to employ the 100 people in our county every weekend. We hope to be able to open our 2020 season soon,” speedway officials said in the release.

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jkirkland@gazettevirginian.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV