Illiana Motor Speedway 2008 plans

Illiana Motor Speedway Plans Major Improvement For 2008, Track Not For Sale! Illiana Speedway owner/promoter Mike Mikuly announced before Saturday night's program plans for a major improvement to the speedway for the 2008 season. New aluminum...

Illiana Motor Speedway Plans Major Improvement For 2008, Track Not For Sale!

Illiana Speedway owner/promoter Mike Mikuly announced before Saturday night's program plans for a major improvement to the speedway for the 2008 season.

New aluminum grandstands have been purchased, and will be delivered to the speedway in late July. Demolition on the old grandstands will begin on Oct. 1.

"Hopefully, if all goes right, we should have the grandstands up in time for us to have pictures for the banquet in November," Mikuly said.

The new grandstands were purchased from Atlas Bleachers in Chicago.

The sign outside of the speedway Saturday night had, in addition to details of the night's program, a message from Mikuly that read, "Not for sale."

"Did you like that? I knew that would get everybody's attention," Mikuly said, smiling. "That means it is not for sale. We're here 60 years. I'd like to see it go 120. It's here to stay. It's not going anywhere.

"We've been doing some things with the parking lot and the pit area trying to get the grindings in there and get a solid base. No more, 'Sorry, we've got to call the races because the grounds are wet.' We can get by with wet grounds now. We're going racing."

Mikuly said that in addition to racing in 2008, there are other plans for the speedway.

"Concerts, open functions to the town," Mikuly said. "We're trying to work with the town on fireworks displays and a bunch of other stuff. We're moving forward. We're here for a long time to come."

-credit: ims

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