February 28, 2008

Fair Board Ready to Run Scotland County Speedway in 2008

The Scotland County Fair Board hopes it is sending a positive message to area racers and race fans, that it wants to make 2008 a year to remember at the Scotland County Speedway.

Acting as the promoter for the upcoming season, the board announced a series of moves at the special drivers meeting and fundraiser in Memphis February 23rd that it believes will help return the raceway to prominence.

Admission costs for the grandstands have been lowered for the fans while the prize purse for the race car drivers will go up in 2008.

“The fair board has made it clear that it isn’t in this to get rich,” said advisory committee member Randy Trueblood. “The changes that are being implemented are meant to attract more racers as well as more fans.”

The seven member advisory committee has spent the past few weeks building a plan for the speedway after the fair board was unable to hire a promoter for the upcoming season. The group has worked with the board to allow it to serve as the promoter. The committee consists of Randy Trueblood, David Jackson, Kevin Eggleston, Ryan Clark, Tom Deberry, Lynn Monroe and David Trueblood.

In past years the track has been rented by the fair board to a promoter who handled all of the track decisions as well as all of the finances. Now the fair board will be responsible for the entire program.

The first step was hiring Mike and Anita Shrader as the track managers. The couple performed similar duties last year for RL Promotions which ran the track.

Brian Neal was hired as the marketing coordinator and will handle publicity as well as track sponsorship and advertising. He worked at the track last year handling publicity.

Changes on the track will include a reduction in the number of classes. Scotland County Speedway will feature five divisions in 2008 with the 9 to 1 hobby stock class being eliminated. Modifieds, B-modifieds and outlaw hobby stocks will return under basically the same rules as last year. The stock car rules have been opened to allow IMCA and USRA style cars to both run in Memphis. The Pony class also has had its rules opened to allow similar cars from Lee County Speedway to run at SCS also.

Scotland County Speedway will not be sanctioned by either IMCA or USRA meaning there will be no national points acquired at the track. But that move also means there will be no license fees associated with the sanctioning bodies.

“We will have a points system to determine track champions but there won’t be any pay out for the honor,” said Trueblood. “Instead we will be featuring higher weekly pay outs for the winners.”

Another change on the track will be opening competition to both Hoosier and American Racer tires. Previously the track had required American Racer tires.

An open practice night has been scheduled for April 19th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The 17-week racing season will open on April 26th. Currently there are two open weeks in the schedule, July 5th and August 2nd for use as make-up dates or to schedule special events. Racing will run through August and will also include a special two-day show September 26th-27th.

The emphasis of the 2008 season will be on-time starts, timely conclusion of the show and increased technical reviews of all vehicles.

“Those were all messages that were delivered loud and clear to the committee,” Trueblood stated. “We let the drivers at the meeting know that there is going to be an obvious increase in reviewing the cars in an effort to enforce the track rules.”

This year will also mark the return of the popular Junior Fan Club. Kids age 10 and under will get into the track free of charge every Saturday. Spectators age 11-15 as well as senior citizens will pay just $6 while adult grandstand fees were lowered to $8.

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