The Horns began with Yvonne passing out the established schedule for
this year, then going into a review of the use of extensions and
rain dates last season. She noted that last year the council had
approved allowing for a total of 90 minutes' worth of curfew
extensions for the Horns to use as needed, with limitations.
said that of the 90 minutes allowed, they had used only 27 minutes
last year. The longest extension was 17 minutes used at the summer
nationals. She said the extension was a great asset for the track
owners, as at that particular event they had 102 cars competing on
the track. Having the extended time had allowed them to complete the
evening of racing.
She went on to say that of the nine Sunday rain dates the council
had approved for racing, the track had used only two.
When it was Norman's time to speak, he told the council that 2013
was the 10th year for the track in Lincoln, and it was the best year
they have had thus far. He noted that the weather cooperated,
allowing them to run their full race schedule.
He said they are planning for a better year yet, and to help
them, they have joined with a track promoter named Ken Dobson, who
has been with the dirt track in Jacksonville and has recently begun
working with the track in Quincy.
Dobson has made arrangements for a television network to be on
hand on opening night for a recorded 30-minute show and also again
later in the season for a one-hour special.
One big event Horn said they have planned is to bring monster
truck shows to Lincoln on Father's Day. He said they would want to
do two shows that Sunday, one in the afternoon from 2 to 4 and a
second in the evening from 6:30 to 9.
Horn said the Lincoln Speedway would be able to bring the trucks
to town because they are also going to be at one of the other
tracks. According to website information, the Quincy Speedway will
host the trucks on June 13 and 14. The website says the original
monster truck, Big Foot, will be part of the program there, along
with the Hall Brothers in either Raminator or Rammunition, Greg
Adams with the Bars Leaks Eliminator, Zach Adams with the Defender,
Larry Quick with Ghost Ryder, and El Chica Loca driven by Shannon
This year the Lincoln Speedway schedule includes two practice
dates, with the first being on March 22. Opening night is scheduled
for April 4, and the season will run through Oct. 10. All races are
scheduled for Friday nights, with the exception of the monster truck
show and the summer nationals, which will both be on Sundays.
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The Horns requested the same allowances as last year in
regard to breaking curfew. They said they appreciated the 90
minutes last year and would like to have the same this year.
In regard to the rain dates, they asked for fewer of those this
year. Their request includes four "makeup dates" at the end of the
season that would still be races on Friday nights. Norman Horn said
these would be used only if there are races during the season that
have to be canceled.
The Speedway operators asked for one official rain date, June 30.
This is strictly for the summer nationals, which are scheduled for
During discussion, Kathy Horn said she appreciated the way the
Horns presented their schedule and made their requests easy for the
council to understand. She said she felt things were much better
with the track now than in the beginning.
Michelle Bauer said she particularly appreciates the efforts of
the speedway owners to help local civic and nonprofit organizations
with their weekly 50-50 drawings. Yvonne Horn said that was
something they would be doing again this year.
At the end of discussion, Melody Anderson, as mayor pro tem,
asked if the Horns' requests could be placed on the consent agenda,
and by nod of the head all agreed.
Having an item placed on the consent agenda indicates the council
is ready to approve it without further discussion. However, the
council also reserves the right to remove any item from the consent
agenda and vote on it as a separate issue should the need arise.
[By NILA SMITH]