Due to the attack on the pipeline; Two dirt races have been canceled
The colonial pipeline fell victim to a cyber attack. The 5,500-mile pipeline system transports over 100 million gallons of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and heating oil per day.
It’s responsible for roughly 45% of fuel consumed on the East coast. The line transports 2.5 million barrels per day. Tennessee and Alabama are among the states hit hardest.
National gas prices have now reached an average of $3. It’s highest levels since 2014.
The demand for fuel is up roughly 15% from one week ago, overall. In North Carolina, 65% of gas stations are low or out of fuel.
This weekend, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series was scheduled to visit Tennessee and Alabama. Both events are in areas hit by the supply issues.
On April 14, 411 Motor Speedway was set host the Tennessee’s Action Track 50. The Seymour, Tennessee track would have paid $12,000 to the winner.
The following day, the Talladega Short Track was set to host the E-Z-GO 50. That event would have paid $15,000.
Both events have been canceled. The events will not be made up at a later date.
“These are unfortunate circumstances beyond our control,” said Rick Schwallie, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Director. “These decisions are never easy, but we had to consider our fan base and those traveling hundreds of miles to attend these events.”
Colonial Pipeline Co. said Monday that they intend to have operations restored by the end of the week.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is schedule to resume on May 21 at 300 Raceway in Iowa. That will be followed by 34 Raceway on May 22nd.