May 27, 2011 in Sports

Stateline Speedway’s new operator seeks ways to show off facility

Doug Pace
 

Looking to provide a great opportunity for fans to see the improvements at Stateline Speedway while taking in a solid night of racing, new operator Randy Koch has crafted an evening of action for less than $5 as a way to reintroduce the community to the Post Falls facility.

With Street Stocks, Pro-4 Modifieds, Road Runner Pros and Hobby Stocks on the schedule, fans will pay a mere $1 per class Saturday night to enter the grandstand and enjoy an evening of racing.

“We felt that the price ($4 for any ticket) matched the number of classes and gives the fans an inexpensive way to have a nice night at the races,” Koch said. “There have been improvements done here at the facility and this is an opportunity for people to take in some of those items.”

One improvement is the installation of a new scoreboard on the south end of the property. Set to provide lap times and running order, the sign was installed and in operation starting last week.

Another item for fan interaction is Stateline Speedway’s Kids Club, which will have its mascot debut later this summer. The club offers specials and unique events during a night of racing, Koch said.

“Weather has been a challenge for us to get folks out to see what is happening here at Stateline,” he said. “This weekend our young fans can learn more about the Kids Club while those of all ages can take in the new and improved facility and plan to be back each week with us.”

A highlight of the Fan Appreciation Night will be the Pro-4 Modified main event.

“They have brought a solid car count each time we’ve had them on the schedule and we know that more are being built, which will only add to their growth,” Koch said. “They look just like their big brother, Northwest Modifieds, and have become a crowd favorite.”

With an optimistic approach to the upcoming summer, Koch is eager for fans to see Stateline and the direction he and his family are building since purchasing the track from Joe and Walt Dollefeld in April.

“Things are going great for us,” he said. “We have the new scoreboard up, which was a major goal for us early on. We’ve been able to do some painting when the weather has allowed and plan for more improvements as the weather improves. There is more still to do out here and we look forward to having the fans watch us build Stateline Speedway to an even higher level.”

While optimistic, Koch added that there are still challenges that his new ownership group will face.

“Our biggest challenge thus far has been the weather and the rainouts,” he said. “We want to get the word out that we’re alive and well here at Stateline, and once the weather cooperates we expect our crowds to grow even more. We’re doing well in our plans and really want to showcase that to the public.”

To learn more about Stateline Speedway’s Fan Appreciation night, go to raceidaho.com.

Sullivan Racing begins

Also in operation this weekend will be Spokane County Raceway’s road course facility, with the Sullivan Racing School that begins today.

Featuring techniques for motorcycle road racing and a performance school, Mike Sullivan’s program is set for several appearances during the summer. The program is based in Centralia, Wash., and offers several levels of training, including in-depth courses and low-key instructional information.

To take part a rider will need a valid motorcycle endorsement, leather or Kevlar riding gear, a full-faced helmet, riding boots and a motorcycle that has had all lights, signals and mirrors removed or taped up.

For more information, go to www.sullivanracingschool.com or call SCR, 244-3333.

Follow all of region’s racing news online at www.spokesman.com/ blogs/keepingpace. To reach Doug Pace email him at racingnewssource@gmail.com


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