Gary Montgomery Appointed Little Valley Speedway Promoter
John Charlesworth, President of the Cattaraugus County Agricultural Society, owners and operators of the Little Valley Speedway, have announced the appointment of Gary Montgomery to the newly created position of LVS Promoter / RaceDirector. The appointment is effective immediately. "We are delighted to have someone of Montgomery's enthusiasm, experience, and integrity leading our speedway team," Charlesworth reports. "We have operated the speedway for five years and believe that it is now appropriate to bring in someone with Gary's background to further improve our auto racing program. His racing credentials will allow him to develop the track, co-ordinate day-to-day operations, develop sponsorships, and work with the competitors. I think it will be a big plus to have one person in charge. Members of the Fair Board primarily come from agricultural business backgrounds and have responsibilities of their own, which limits the time they have to participate. Acquiring the services of someone with over 30 years experience in the motorsports entertainment business and the time to work at it is a definite asset. He also has a good relationship with other tracks,which will help with our scheduling."
The track has made remarkable progress in the five years since its re-emergence onto the racing scene. Boasting the only true half-mile track in the area, with long straightaways and tight turns which make for exciting high speed action, the racing has been first rate, drawing praise from drivers and fans alike. Improvements have been ongoing with the addition of a new track surface, lap counter scoreboard, and new outside walls in turns one and two over the past two seasons. The concessions have been consistently high quality, with reasonable pricing. Another positive for the fans is free camping behind the grandstand with water and electricity. There are currently forty sites, with more in the offing. The facility, featuring its large covered grandstand with individual seats is on the verge of becoming a major player in dirt racing, and the hiring of Montgomery is seen as the next step in that progression.
Montgomery has been a fixture in regional auto racing for many years, having served as theco-host of "Rush Hour on Dirt" and general manager at Canandaigua Speedway among his numerous racing credits. He is currently the Chief Public Relations Officer for DIRT Motorsports. Montgomery's first LVS task is to build the2002 racing schedule. For those that may have missed it, Montgomery's fingerprints are already on the schedule with the first time booking of the DIRT Motorsports ARANY Pro Stock Super DIRTSeries. The only other organization currently scheduled for LVS in 2002 is the Empire Super Sprint club. ESS has been part of the LVS since the re-opening of the track in 1997 after a long hiatus. Traditionally LVS has run super stocks, street stocks, and buses as support divisions for each event, with late models, sprint cars, or modifieds booked separately as a headline division.
When reached at his Keuka Lake home/office after Charlesworth's announcement,Montgomery reports, "I am very excited about the new challenge offered by LVS. I am very happy that the Ag Society has enough faith in me to offer this new position. They are late model people, and I am amodified guy and seldom do the two mix. That is part of what excites me about this deal. This will be a very different situation from my previous racing endeavors with a new set of opportunities. I do not plan any major changes, only to build on the success of what John and his team have accomplished over the past five years. The two major tasks that I am already working on are to develop an expanded schedule with a few more than the six dates that had become the LVS standard and work with the speedway's Media Relations Director, Dave Sully, to put LVS more prominently on the entertainment option list for both current and potential auto racing spectators."
Montgomery will continue to work with Glenn Donnelly in business development and public relations capacities with DIRT Motorsports.
Negotiationswith sanctioning bodies and area track promoters are currently taking place. The LVS 2002 racing schedule is expected to be released before year's end.
Little Valley Speedway is located on the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds in Little Valley, New York. Little Valley is on State Route 353 eight miles north of Interstate 86 Exit #20 (Salamanca) westbound and twelve miles northeast of Interstate 86 Exit #16 (Randolph) eastbound. From the Buffalo area LVS is accessed off State Route 242 10 miles southwest of Ellicottville / Route219. The Speedway office phone is 315-536-3728 or 716-938-9146 (race day).