April 2, 2014 — Story by RaceChaser Senior Editor Tom Baker —
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What’s In A Name?
With the change of seasons comes a change of name for one of New York State’s dirt tracks. Black Rock Speedway, formerly known as Dundee Speedway, will now be called Yates County Speedway. New Promoter Dan Harpell said in an official track release that “We are letting everyone know that big things are happening and it starts with a new beginning, thus the new name…”
Dean Hoag, Promoter of the facility for the past several years, turned things over to Harpell so that he and his son Alex could reunite with Dean’s former Small Block Supermodified car owner Jim Paternoster to form a team around Alex, who will do the driving. We have not heard whether the team will build one themselves or purchase one.
Storm Brewing In Thunder Valley
Over the winter racer Chris Davis made an agreement with Lawndale, North Carolina’s Thunder Valley Speedway (formerly Cleveland County Speedway) owner Steve Mason to take over the facility. Chris spent a couple of months trying to set a plan in motion to change the configuration of the track (make it shorter) and give the place a fresh start. Apparently some particulars of their agreement remained unresolved and according to comments he made on his Facebook Chris bowed out last week amid the uncertainty and lack of progress on the project. No word yet on a schedule or what the future holds for the track except that it is expected to remain open.
Taylorsville Speedway Reopening?
Lots of rumors going on surrounding this once proud little 1/4-mile dirt track located outside Statesville, N.C. It appears that a group is in the process of trying to revive the track but not much in the way of official word has been given other than that the track has been purchased and will be back in operation. This was a very popular track at one time but, like many other really cool little short tracks, eventually stumbled and shut down. We’ve had a considerable amount of promotional experience, and in today’s climate it’s tough to make a track profitable unless you have the right combination of people skills and marketing/PR skills. We’ll keep an eye on this one for you as the situation appears to be fluid.
Oxford PASS North Opener Pushed Back Two Weeks
Officials with the PASS (Pro All Stars Series) North Late Models have announced the rescheduling of their 2014 season opener from Saturday, April 12th to Saturday, April 26th. Series President Tom Mayberry cited the heavy amounts of snow still on the ground in the area as being the reason for the change. “We knew it was risky scheduling the opener in early April, but the past few seasons have allowed us to open up earlier as warm weather has graced us in late February and early March. Right now we still have several inches of snow on the grounds, and even with warm weather, we don’t feel the grounds will dry up enough to allow the event to be held on April 12th. We want to make sure to give plenty of advanced notice to our race teams, race fans, and employees, and that’s why we decided to make this decision well in advance of the event.”
Former USCS Sprint Car Series Official Named General Manager At Montgomery Motor Speedway
Stan Narrison, for years one of the top officials with Pete Walton’s USCS Sprint Car Series, has been named General Manager at Montgomery Motor Speedway in Montgomery, Alabama. The track was shut down for a couple of years and has had a series of “one and done” promoters but Stan’s experience in the sport and his ability to build relationships should give him a strong chance at success. He’s already brought in some new marketing partnerships including one with O’Reilly Auto Parts, who signed on as the scoreboard sponsor so he’s off to a good start!
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