December 4, 2003

USMTS President Named New Race Promoter At SCS

Less than a month after learning promoter Terry Hoenig would not be returning in 2004 to run the Scotland County Speedway, members of the Scotland County Fair Board have hired a new manager for the facility for next year.

Fair Board president Phil Aylward announced last week that the board has reached a preliminary agreement with Todd Staley of Rockwell City, IA, to serve as the promoter for the racetrack at the fairgrounds.

Not all of the details are ironed out at this point, but the agreement calls for a regular, weekly Saturday night show similar to what we have been running the past few years, Aylward said.

Staley is well known to local race fans as the president of the United States Modified Touring Series. USMTS has made numerous stops in Memphis, bringing some of the biggest crowds of the year to SCS for the 40-plus car fields in modified action featuring drivers from across the Midwest.

While all the details have not been finalized, fair board members did announce that the race during fair week will be a USMTS feature event. Staley had indicated the track will also host additional USMTS events including the possibility of extended two-day events.

Fair board members noted that Staley has indicated his management team will feature a representative in Memphis at least five days a week.

Plans are being made for a drivers meeting in late December or early January to announce racing classes and other pertinent information as drivers and race teams prepare for the 2004 season.

Earlier this fall Staley was named the promoter at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA. The Southern Iowa Fair Board announced on October 30 that Staley will run the weekly racing program at the track, featuring Hobby Stocks, Stock Cars and Modifieds.

Staley will be the fifth different promoter at the local track since it was reopened nearly a decade ago by a massive effort of the fair board and volunteers from the community.

Hoenig, who had ran the track the past two seasons, recently was announced as the new promoter at 34 Raceway in Burlington, IA where he will work for track owner Jack Johnson. Lee County Speedway, Hoenigs home track, will continue to race on Friday nights forming a dual points system with 34 Raceway on Saturday nights.

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