Lincoln Speedway owners want to bring
national event to town
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[FEB. 14, 2005]
Lincoln Speedway owners Gary
Baugh and Norma Horn came before the Lincoln City Council last
Monday. The men gave praise to the city aldermen and mayor for the
expedient action provided last year that made it possible for them
to get their business off the ground for the start of the racing
season in May. Baugh said that there were many people who commented
after they were open, "I don't know how you could get this done so
"Without your help it wouldn't have
happened," he told the council.
Baugh reviewed the trials and successes
of the raceway's first year. Then he gave a preview of their new
season. He said that they have been contacted and asked to host a
national show. The show date that they have been offered is for
Friday, July 15. The races would not be starting until 7 p.m., an
hour and a half later than the usual start time. Therefore they are
requesting an extended curfew. The anticipated completion time is
10:30 p.m. Allowing for possible delays, they are asking for an
extension to 11:30 p.m. at the latest.
This would be a one-time event. The
business partners must make a decision soon to secure a place on the
circuit. Not only do they need to make a commitment, that decision
also must be accompanied by a $40,000 check to secure their spot on
If approved, the show will also
bring in more bleachers.
The racetrack has proven to increase
local business and raise revenue for the city.
Aldermen Patrick Madigan and Benny
Huskins, who serve the ward closest to the track, had concerns about
the noise factor. Residents would have two nights of noise to
tolerate. "It's going to generate some unhappiness," Madigan said.
He asked if the track owners would be willing to forfeit the
standard Sunday night races for that week.
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Baugh said that they owe it to their
regular weekly drivers who rely on racing to host the Sunday event.
There are many nights during the season that get canceled due to
weather. He requested that they just give it a try this year.
A petition for the July 15 event and
extended hours that night is on the Feb. 22 agenda.
To learn more about the races, you can visit the Lincoln Speedway
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