Monday, Feb. 14


Lincoln Speedway owners want to bring national event to town       Send a link to a friend

[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 quick."

"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 the show.

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 home page:

[Jan Youngquist]


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