Attica,OH--- New Attica Raceway Park owners Brad Cailor and Charlie Fisher have been hard at work with former owner and new ARP Race Director Gene Frankart planning the upcoming 2001 racing season at the famed 1/3 mile high banked clay oval...
Attica,OH--- New Attica Raceway Park owners Brad Cailor and Charlie Fisher have been hard at work with former owner and new ARP Race Director Gene Frankart planning the upcoming 2001 racing season at the famed 1/3 mile high banked clay oval located in north Central Ohio. The new ownership will continue Friday night racing with a weekly program consisting of 410 Sprint Cars, 305 Sprint Cars and Limited Late Models. The new duo have also planned an ambitious special events slate of high profile sanctioned shows including return appearances of the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars, the Interstate Racing Association (IRA), United States Auto Club (USAC) and the Sunoco American Late Model Series (ALMS), NRA Invaders 360 Sprint Cars and the BOSS 360 Sprint Cars. A surprise addition to the 2001 ARP special events schedule is the first ever appearance at ARP of the Renegade STARS Racing Series.
Cailor, Fisher and Frankart, who will have a completed schedule readied within a week, have slated March 30 as opening night. Some of the confirmed special events will include the annual COORS SPRING NATIONALS on April 20 & 21 which will ffeature a Friday 410 program and a Saturday All Stars Sprints sanctioned event. The Sunoco ALMS series will appear Friday evening while the 305 Sprints and Limited Late Models will be in competition Saturday night.
The following weekend Attica Raceway Park will play host to the opening round of the annual BORDER WARS in conjunction with Eldora Speedway featuring the USAC Sprints going after a $5,000 first place prize. A second USAC date is under consideration. The All Stars Sprints will make additional appearances, including May 18, July 1 for OHIO OUTLAW SPEEDWEEK's opener and September 3 for the annual ATTICA AMBUSH. Additional All Stars Sprints dates are being considered.
The Sunoco ALMS Late Model series will make their second and third appearances on May 25 and June 29.
The first ever appearance of the Renegade STARS Racing Series Late Models has caused quite a stir throughout the industry with the new Attica Raceway Park office and the STARS office fielding numerous calls. Cailor and Fisher have marked Friday June 15 as the date when the STARS roll into Attica for the first time. Fans will get to see such nationally known stars as Chub Frank, Mike Balzano, Donnie Moran, Steve Shaver, and many others make their first tours around ARP's high banks.
"We've got a STARS Late Model race and I'm excited," stated new ARP owner Brad Cailor. "STARS always puts on a good show and I think STARS is a great series. And since we've announced the STARS are coming we've been getting a lot of calls from fans saying they can't wait to see them. We'll get a great turnout of fans and cars for that."
The annual BRAD DOTY CLASSIC will be held Wednesday July 18 and will pay $10,000 to win. The race will be unsanctioned.
With Cailor and Fisher assuming ownership, longtime co-owner (with Earl Baltes) and promoter Gene Frankart will remain with the track as the race night director of operations. The entire staff will remain. Frankart will direct the racing program as well as prepare and maintain the racing surface. Cailor will serve as promoter while Fisher will work in the pits.
"We want the transition to be seamless," said Cailor. "The fans won't see a difference this year. Charlie and I are going to strictly learn from Gene this year. We're not going to jump into this the first year and take over the show and say we know what we're doing. We're going to learn and I feel as though I have the best mentor I could have in Gene Frankart. And we're getting a lot of help from other promoters, too, like Earl Baltes and the Moran family. And we're getting a lot of feedback from drivers and fans and they are telling us what they want."
Attica Raceway Park has long had a strong weekly show consisting of 410 Sprints, 305 Sprints and Limited Late Models and a strong fan base. Cailor and Fisher are confident this will continue especially in light of the quality field of cars and drivers ARP gets weekly, which includes, among many others, John Ivy, John Wisbon, Mark Keegan, Alvin Roepke, Tim Kern, Bobby Teeple, Butch Schroeder, Bobby Foster, Scott Kraylek, Mike Hogan, Dale Aikman, Mike Marteney and Steve Sabo.
The new ownership group and management team has also implemented a maintenance program that will see many upgrades and improvements at the facility. A new addition is a 60' x 120' party barn which has been recently constructed. In addition to housing new, modern restroom facilities, the fully heated and air conditioned building will seat 500 for pre-race and special promotional events. An upgrade to the existing restrooms is planned as is a new poured-concrete front wall and retaining fence.
Long-term projects include moving the grandstands nearest the current office to the pit area and erecting all new aluminum grandstands in their place. Seating capacity in the pit area is expected to reach 2000.
An all new Attica Raceway Park website has also been constructed and is currently online at: www.atticaracewaypark.com . The new website features news, information, photos and much more and is frequently updated.
The entire 2001 schedule, as well as additional special announcements, are scheduled to be made available within the next week.
"We're not having any so-called 'weekly shows' here," declared Cailor. "All the shows at Attica Raceway Park this year will be special! Count on it!"