Long Beach Sprint Nationals race is officially back on

After being all-but cancelled, the 2019 ARP Long beach Sprint Nationals race is officially back on after organizers and the city tied up some late public safety matters, officials said.

Set for Aug. 17 and 18 at Marine Stadium, the 70-year-old race will continue after all, according to organizer Ross Wallach and Long Beach Special Events Director Tasha Day.

The death in last year’s event of 36-year-old driver Greg Duff prompted safety officials from the city to take a harder look at the race. After initially being denied a permit for the 2019 race, Wallach was given another chance to comply with a new set of regulations and stipulations that included raising the amount of insurance carried by the race to a $10 million policy, up from the $1 million policy paid for in previous years by the Southern California Speedboat Club, which puts on the race.

“I’ve complied with everything and the race will finally, definitely go on,” said Wallach.

Because of the late finalization of the agreement, tickets for the two-day race will be available at the gate only. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for kids and free for children under 5 years old. Parking is $20. For RV parking, call Wallach at 310-318-4012. For more information, check the SCSC web site or its Facebook page.

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Tim Grobaty is a columnist and opinions editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his newspaper career at the Press-Telegram in 1976 as a copy boy and moved on to feature writer, music critic, TV critic, copy editor and daily columnist. He’s the author of several books, including I’m Dyin’ Here, and he lives in Long Beach.