The modifieds race to the checkered flag at Diamond Mountain Speedway at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. The 2020 racing season opens at 7 p.m. this Saturday. File photo

Diamond Mountain Speedway opens with first race Saturday

Great news for racing fans. The time has come for local drivers to buckle up and mash down hard on the gas as the Diamond Mountain Speedway at the Lassen County Fairgrounds announces its first public race of the season at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 13.

According to the speedway’s Facebook page, “We are allowed to have spectators in the grandstands! We must follow the rules of 6 feet of safe social distancing, so that requires us to mark out blocks of seats. We will mark the seats with red Xs that must remain empty, with the exception that if you come as a group, you can remain in a group.

“We are not allowed at this time to have concessions yet. Please help us follow the safe distancing rules so we can continue to move forward with our racing schedule, full grandstands and concessions.

“Grandstands open at 5 p.m. Racing starts at 7. Come on out and enjoy our first race of the 2020 race season.”

Ah, it should be an interesting and competitive year. The speedway’s Facebook page lists 20 mini-stock drivers, 28 stock drivers, 26 IMCA sport mod drivers and 45 IMCA modified drivers.

According to, races are scheduled for Saturday, June 13, Friday, June 26, Saturday, June 27 and Friday, Aug. 28. Four other races are scheduled without dates.