Attention To Detail Keeps Gresham Motorsports Park Renovation Project On Schedule JEFFERSON, GA (April 21, 2009) -- The renovation of Gresham Motorsports Park (GMP) bulldozed its way through several projects this week much to the delight of GMP...
Attention To Detail Keeps Gresham Motorsports Park Renovation Project On Schedule
JEFFERSON, GA (April 21, 2009) -- The renovation of Gresham Motorsports Park (GMP) bulldozed its way through several projects this week much to the delight of GMP General Manager Dan Elliott
"Everything at this moment is on schedule," said Elliott. "Unfortunately, the time that you think you have everything under control, that's when something else pops up. As of right now, we're on schedule to open with the World Crown 300 in November and that's what's important."
The most recent project to be completed on the site of the former Peach State Speedway was the demolition of the old administration building (right) located outside what used to be Turns 1-2 of the half-mile paved oval.
"That building and the old grandstand probably dated this track more than anything else on the property," said Elliott. "With those gone, it really opens up the property. It gives you a totally different perspective of the facility from the road. Not only do you get a better view of the track when you come through the main gate of the speedway, but the removal of that building also allows us the ability to make plans to truly make this a motorsports and community event complex."
When completed this fall, Gresham Motorsports Park will have undergone a major transformation featuring a new racing surface, fencing and retaining walls for the half-mile [Digger%20Truck%201400.jpg] oval. Additional scheduled improvements will also include a fresh aluminum grandstand -- now located on what used to be the back straight of the Peach State track - and a lowered infield for better sight lines. Other improvements scheduled are a quarter-mile Legends track on infield of the half-mile oval, renovated restrooms, new concession areas and trackside parking.
"The hardest part of the project is trying to anticipate the things that you can't even conceive happening," said Elliott. "I keep a pad and pen with me all the time to keep track of the things that continually come up. We have a lot to do in a specific period of time to do it in. At this point, we're just trying to hit all of our marks -- just like a driver does when he's on the racetrack. We're focusing on the job we have to do and we're moving forward. At the end of the day, we're trying to make everything at the new Gresham Motorsports Park better for everyone. We want it to make it the best short track around and to do that, we have to make sure we get all the details right."
About Gresham Motorsports Park
Opened as Jefco Speedway with a NASCAR Late Model Sportsman (now Nationwide) race in 1967, Gresham Motorsports Park has served the auto racing community for more than 40 years. The half-mile asphalt oval, located just outside Jefferson, GA, is currently under a total facility renovation and is expected to reopen with the 26th-Annual World Crown 300 November 12-15, 2009. The multi-purpose facility is currently formulating plans to host a wide range of events in 2010 including multiple divisions of auto racing, local and regional Craft Shows, Farmer's and Flea Markets, Car Shows, Concerts and other community events.