Cancelled Utah salt flats race hurting business

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Updated: 8/12/2014 12:51 pm

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Late summer monsoon storms have turned western Utah's famous salt flats into a shallow lake, forcing the cancellation of the area's largest annual speed event.

The annual Speed Week trials draw competitors from around the globe who tear across the white salt sheets in cars and motorcycles, hoping to break speed records.

The Southern California Timing Association, which sponsors the race, cancelled the weeklong event on Saturday after realizing ankle-deep standing water wouldn't dry out in time.

The association hopes to make up for the cancellation by extending another event at the Bonneville Salt Flats scheduled in early October.

Hundreds of participants had already arrived for this week's race but local officials say nearby cities, hotels and businesses will lose revenue from the cancellation.


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