Fans Win Big in Kevin Gobrecht Memorial Compromise

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 2/10/00 - Sometimes, stuff just happens. But this time, it needed to be fixed. And thanks to the efforts of Lincoln and Port Royal Speedways and members of the Gobrecht family, it's fixed. Maybe even improved, say the ...

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 2/10/00 - Sometimes, stuff just happens. But this time, it needed to be fixed.

And thanks to the efforts of Lincoln and Port Royal Speedways and members of the Gobrecht family, it's fixed. Maybe even improved, say the involved parties, in what is being called a "win-win-win situation" for the race tracks, race teams, and Central Pennsylvania sprint car fans.

After receiving heavy negative response from the fans over leasing its track for a May 27th ASCOF race on the same night Lincoln was planning its inaugural Kevin Gobrecht Memorial, Port Royal issued a February 4th news release claiming that Lincoln had agreed to consider "going dark" for the special ASCOF show. Lincoln Speedway promoters responded that it was "unrealistic" for Port Royal to expect Lincoln to go dark on a holiday weekend.

Despite the promoters' belief that they had done nothing wrong, Lincoln did not want to involve the Gobrecht family or the memory of Kevin in any scheduling conflict.

So ongoing discussions between the parties resolved the issue this week.

Lincoln will still race on May 27th, and it will be a championship event. Port Royal Speedway will still host the ASCOF touring group. Lincoln's inaugural Kevin Gobrecht Memorial will still be run. But now, the Gobrecht Memorial will be staged on opening night of Pennsylvania SPEEDWEEK (Saturday, June 24th).

"Moving the Gobrecht Memorial to the Lincoln SPEEDWEEK show will give all racers and fans a chance to remember Kevin together," said Sel-Wil, Inc. President Don Leiby in making the announcement, "We are very happy that we were able to resolve this scheduling issue. Not fixing this problem would have hurt Central Pennsylvania racers and fans the most."

Leiby went on to add, "In the spirit of cooperation, Lincoln and Port Royal will honor Kevin by jointly presenting a donation to the charity of the Gobrecht family's choice during intermission of the SPEEDWEEK opener."

That's the way Kevin would have wanted it. And that's the way it will be.

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