A car speeds down the backstretch while other drivers and teams work on their cars during a 2019 open practice day at South Boston Speedway.

South Boston Speedway is reopening the track Monday for open practice, the facility announced last week.

There are several guidelines and rules that have been put in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.

This is the first step the speedway has taken to reopen in any capacity since COVID-19 forced the tracks closure back in March.

All drivers wishing to practice at the speedway will be required to schedule the practice a day in advance by calling the office or emailing the speedway. The speedway says if you are not scheduled in advance then you will not be allowed to practice.

Upon arrival to the track, each team member will be required to sign an acknowledgement of the CDC guidelines, rules and a waiver from the speedway before entering the pit area. They also will be required to take a copy of the guidelines and rules with them. If the waiver is not signed, those members will be asked to leave the pit area.

No more than 10 people total will be allowed in the infield until further notice per practice day. While in the pit area, teams will be required to park at least two parking spaces or pit stalls away from each other, and each team is to stay in their designated work area and adhere to the CDC social distancing guidelines.

Practices will only take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The news release also states that all rules will be enforced for everyone’s safety and that the safer everyone is the quicker they can get back to racing again.

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