DUNDEE, N.Y. — Story and photo By Race Chaser Online New York Correspondent Steven Ovens —
The mystery of this offseason 2014-2015 seems to now be decided and ready to be signed off on. Rumors have been running rampant around the future of the Yates County Speedway and we now have a much better picture of what that is going to look like in 2015.
Modified competitor Mike Jackson has reported on Tuesday night that he will be promoting the 4/10 mile dirt track in Dundee, New York along with Sue Foster and 2 other silent partners who will be key in the operation.
“Myself and Dean (Hoag) have sealed up everything other than the signing of the lease,” said Jackson when reached on Tuesday night for comment.
The move may come to many as a surprise as it appeared that Dan Harpell, who promoted the facility under the Yates County Speedway name in 2014, had mentioned several times in interviews that plans were full steam ahead for 2015. The year-end banquet was planned for January 30th, 2015 in Elmira, New York. Harpell and Hoag were in the midst of closing out 2014 and planning for 2015 when Jackson’s announcement broke Tuesday evening.
Although a lease is yet to be signed and plans finalized, Jackson did go on to talk about the divisions that would be expected to be on the track in 2015.
“We are going to run 4-Cylinders, 4-Cylinder Bandits (12-16 year old youth), Street Stocks, IMCA Modifieds, Crate Sportsman and Small Block/Big Block Modifieds,” Jackson said.
Jackson also confirmed that the speedway will return to Friday night weekly competition with some mid-week shows sprinkled in as Special Events.
The Late Model division, that in 2014 saw a division with rules split between Crate Late Models and 360 Late Models, struggled to draw double digit cars and will seemingly not return in 2015. Add also to the chopping block in 2015 the Race Saver 305 Sprints, which struggled to pull a double-digit field this past season.
With Jackson and company seemingly moving in, that will see promoter Dan Harpell make his full-time home the Penn Can Speedway on Friday nights. In 2014, Harpell took a racetrack that was rumored to not even open its doors and put it back up on its feet. 2014 saw a resurgence for the newly named Yates County Speedway with the car counts improving and the crowd improving throughout the season.
The community recognized the speedway’s growth when the Yates County Chamber of Commerce awarded the speedway for creating jobs in Yates County. The track surface was superb thanks to Harpell and his three sons, who were extremely active in the preparation of the track on race nights.
More announcements are expected in the coming days and weeks and Race Chaser Online along with Turn 5 Live on the Performance Motorsports Network will have full coverage of this breaking news story.