The stands at Wiscasset Speedway will remain quiet at least a bit longer as track officials announced the 2020 season is suspended until further notice and they are unsure how long fans — and drivers — will be stuck in the proverbial pit.

For five decades, the oval has been a popular spring, summer and fall spot for Knox, Waldo and Lincoln county stock car drivers and fans of speed sports.

Ken Minott, track promoter and announcer, said the plan for the speedway going forward is to communicate with state officials to determine specifically when the track will be able to conduct group practices — and, ultimately, hold races.

He added as the state begins to open further in June and July from the on-going health concerns over the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, there are still restrictions that will prevent the track from conducting business as normal, even if it does get to conduct races.

“That doesn’t mean that we’re canceled, that just means that we’re in a holding pattern for right now,” Minott said.

In order to be ready as soon as they can get the approval, the staff of the speedway continue to work to get the facility ready; working on spring projects to have the track ready to welcome back fans and racers.

Minott said management has submitted a proposal to the state, giving a detailed plan on how they propose to operate inside the recommended social distancing and safety guidelines. Including requiring adequate spacing in the pits for competitors as well as in the grandstands for fans among other personal protective equipment requirements for competitors, fans and staff.

“We remain optimistic,” he said.

It still is uncertain whether fans will be allowed to attend race events this season due to restrictions on social gatherings in place currently and possibly into the future.

If and when the track is permitted to open, Minott said it likely would hold a week or two of open practices and then run as many Saturday race programs as possible through mid-October.

“Some planning will need to go into which special races, including the Coastal 200, we will be able to reschedule," he said. "The Coastal 200 is traditionally run Memorial Day weekend. It's difficult to say now if things will look different. A lot of that (division groupings, payouts, points, etc.) will be discussed in detail once we know exactly how long the season will be."

The season may hang in the air like the smell of freshly-burned rubber, but the speedway still welcomes single-car practices.

However, there are limitations to the practices. Only the driver, and a crew of up to five people, are allowed. And only one car and its crew will be allowed at a time.

Minott said tire and parts sales also are welcome at the speedway. He stressed sales and practices are by appointment only.

On the speedway’s website, the track will have "Throwback Thursdays" where they will post races that have been held at the track over the years. Track officials ask those who raced at the track to submit photos they may have. Driver interviews also are in the works.

Updates on the racing season will be posted on the track's website at wiscassetspeedway.com and the speedway’s Facebook page.