July 29, 2010
Speedway to Reopen Under New Boss
The Scotland County Speedway will reopen for racing action on August 14th after the Scotland County Fair Board reached an agreement with a new track promoter last week.
Rick Girard of Columbia will take on the task of returning dirt track racing to the fairgrounds.
Former promoter Wayne Messamaker terminated his contract with the fair board in July after managing to get just three scheduled races in, due in large part to Mother Nature.
Girard has scheduled two races in August, Saturday nights of August 14th and 21st. The fairgrounds will host a special event August 28th meaning no races.
But the schedule will resume weekly, on Saturday nights in September, with the new promoter pledging to run as late into the year as weather permitting. Girard indicated he plans to continue the traditional two-day race in October called the Memphis Nationals.
The new promoter is no stranger to the speedway, having raced his stock car at SCS in previous years. He has been racing for the past 10 years, and is the 2009 reining track champion at Moberly Speedway.
“I’ve been racing all of my life, running motorcycles and drags before getting into stock cars,” he said. “I’ve been on the business side of the industry too, working at or owning businesses dealing in parts, auto body repair, automobile sales… So I hope I can put the experience together to make this work.”
Girard had previously contacted the fair board regarding the tracks availability prior to the start of the 2010 season, but the group had already agreed to a deal with Messamaker. He said the abbreviated season will help him get a feel for what things could be like in 2011.
“I’m heading into this with the intentions of being here next year,” he said. “I know the first few races will be tough, and I’ll probably lose money, but I hope they will help build for a strong finish.”
The track will maintain the bulk of the existing rules for 2010. Girard said he is considering adding two-man cruisers to the field of cars. Another proposed change would be allowing rear-wheel drive vehicles to run in the Hornets and four-cylinder class. He added that he will be reviewing the carburetor rules in the stock car class.
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