Last night's Formula USA dirt track event scheduled at Black Hills Speedway in South Dakota was cancelled due to torrential rainfall that began at 3 p.m. and continued well into the evening. At 7:30 p.m. the event was officially cancelled by Formula USA race management as standing water continued to build and thundershowers continued, according to a release from Formula USA.

Since the majority of riders had existing plans to immediately travel another dirt track competition beginning the following weekend, no rain date or rescheduled race is planned, the release states.

Fans holding Rapid City Dirt Track tickets have the opportunity to receive free tickets to next year's event along with free souvenir programs or can receive a full refund on this year's Rapid City ticket.

Ticket holders should send copies of their tickets along with receipt (if they have it) and a clear return address to: Rapid City Refunds, c/o: Clear Channel Entertainment, 495 North Commons Drive #200, Aurora, IL 60504.

If you wish to trade your tickets for the 2002 Dirt Track event please WRITE "FREE TICKETS TO 2002" on the letter. Those fans will receive the first choice of tickets before the 2002 event goes on sale, according to Formula USA.

Refunds will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis, and expected turnaround time is 2-4 weeks. Ticket refunds/trade request must be postmarked by no later than September 15, 2001 to be valid.

"We appreciate the support of the fans who patiently waited in the rain out there with our riders, teams and crew. Sometimes Mother Nature frowns on us, but we'll be back" said Mike Kidd, Vice President of Clear Channel Entertainment, Motor Sports.

Formula USA dirt track points standings prior to Rapid City will carry over to the next Drag Specialties National Dirt Track event in Vancouver, British Columbia on August 25.

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Paul Carruthers | Editor

Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America's Daily Motorcycle News Source.

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