CAN-AM SPEEDWAY NOW OFFICIALLY UNDER OWNERSHIP OF THE WIGHT FAMILY LAFARGEVILLE, NY - After months of rumors and speculation, the sale of the Can-Am Speedway finally became official on Friday November 3. John and Laura Wight, from Gypsum Express, ...
CAN-AM SPEEDWAY NOW OFFICIALLY UNDER OWNERSHIP OF THE WIGHT FAMILY
LAFARGEVILLE, NY - After months of rumors and speculation, the sale of the Can-Am Speedway finally became official on Friday November 3. John and Laura Wight, from Gypsum Express, are the proud new owners and will carry the torch of a new era at the popular speedway in LaFargeville, just north of Watertown.
"We are extremely excited to be the new owners of the Can-Am Speedway," said John Wight. "Our goal is to make Can-Am one of the premier short track dirt facilities in the Northeast, and we are very enthusiastic about that."
Wight indicated there will be many changes during the off-season, including shortening of the track and other changes in the infrastructure.
One of the other important changes will be the formation of an alliance between the New Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon and Can-Am Speedway.
"We have hired Eric Kingsley to be our Promoter and in charge of track maintenance," Wight said. "Both Eric and I will be working together with the speedways in an effort to make the racing better for the drivers and the fans. We have some exciting plans which we will be announcing before too long."
Kingsley and track crews will be going right to work at Can-Am on Monday November 6. "We need to get as much work as possible done before the bad winter weather sets in," said Kingsley, who is well known for excellent racing surfaces at New Utica-Rome. "We are going to push the corners down and bring the backstretch inward, and when the track is done, the new length will be 4/10-mile."
For the 2001 season, Can-Am will be once again sanctioned by DIRT Motorsports and will run the same divisions as in the past. Purses in each division at Can-Am will be brought up to the level of those at New Utica-Rome and weekly Saturday night racing action at Can-Am will include the DIRT 358 Modifieds, DIRT Sportsman, I.M.C.A. Modifieds, and I.M.C.A. Hobby Stocks. Speedway management is currently unsure about the status of the Street Stocks, but will have a decision in a few weeks.
"We'd like to thank the Thurston family for this great opportunity," said an excited Wight. "They have done a great job over the years at Can-Am, and we hope to continue their tradition of racing, but we would like to bring it to another level."
Written by Doug Zupan