Statement from Michael Dzurilla, Owner, Mansfield Motorsports Speedway "From the time we began exploring the possibility of hosting a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the Mansfield Motorsports Speedway, we knew that our progress would be ...
Statement from Michael Dzurilla, Owner, Mansfield Motorsports Speedway
"From the time we began exploring the possibility of hosting a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the Mansfield Motorsports Speedway, we knew that our progress would be measured in steps. Since NASCAR's decision to grant us a race date in 2004, we've taken various steps to insure that the first NASCAR National Series event in Ohio in 50 years will be a success.
"As you look around the facility today, you can see various modifications and upgrades, changes that will not only make Mansfield Motorsports Speedway capable of hosting the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, but also guarantee that Mansfield will continue to be recognized as one of the preeminent short track racing locations in the United States.
"With our construction nearly completed, we've asked you here today to announce that we have taken two more steps toward the successful completion of our inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. Among the elements that have to be in place for an event of this magnitude to occur, these two rank at or near the top of the list: a) we must have the support of one or more major entities to serve as an entitlement right sponsor and b) we must sell all or nearly all of the tickets to our event.
"Today, we are pleased to announce that we've accomplished both of those goals.
"Through the support of John McCune of UAW Local No. 549 and Pearl Peritelo of the GM Mansfield Plant, we are pleased to announce that the upcoming NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race will be known as the UAW/GM Ohio 250. We would also like to thank many of the local General Motors dealers here for their support: Steve Cobb, of Weidner Motors, Craig Smith, of Craig Smith Chevrolet, Bob and Bill Joyce, of Joyce Brothers' Buick/Saturn, and Dick Willison, of Graham Auto Mall.
"Secondly, we are assured that a full house will be watching when the trucks take the green flag next month. We recently sold the final ticket to the inaugural UAW/GM Ohio 250. Our race is a sellout - more than 20,000 tickets - a great tribute to the fervent NASCAR racing fans of the Midwest.
"As you stand at the track today, we are less than three weeks from the first NASCAR racing truck turning a lap in competition at the Mansfield Motorsports Speedway. As you can see, there are several ongoing projects taking place around you, and the work will continue until our first guests arrive on May 14.
"Ultimately, we will measure the success of the UAW/GM Ohio 250 by a simple standard. Did the 20,000 people who joined us for the race enjoy their experience? It's that goal that drives us daily and makes us proud to be with you today announcing a great entitlement rights sponsorship program and the tremendous news of a sell out.
"Thank you, I look forward to seeing you here in three weeks."