Tri-City new owners' future plans

Tri-City Speedway rolls into 2005 with New Ownership and New Program Pontoon Beach, IL - Tri-City Speedway will move into a new era when they kick off the 2005 racing season this Spring. G&G Motorsports, owned by Gordon and Kevin Gundaker, ...

Tri-City Speedway rolls into 2005 with New Ownership and New Program

Pontoon Beach, IL - Tri-City Speedway will move into a new era when they kick off the 2005 racing season this Spring. G&G Motorsports, owned by Gordon and Kevin Gundaker, purchased Tri-City Speedway over the winter and have big plans for not only this year, but for many years in the future.

Racers and race fans will notice the difference right away when they visit the track. The first major difference from the past will be the night which Tri-City Speedway holds their racing events. The weekly racing program will switch to Sunday nights in 2005. The primary switch in race nights for the weekly program came primarily for two reasons. The first reason for the switch was to allow the track to become sanctioned by the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP), which many other tracks in the St. Louis area have. There are also many racers in the area that race under the UMP banner. The second reason was to help with the over-saturation of tracks running on Saturday nights within close proximity of Tri-City Speedway.

With UMP sanctioning, the late model and modified divisions will change from last year's rules to meet the UMP rules and allow many more cars from the St. Louis area and beyond to fit within the rules. The Sportsman, Street Stock and Factory Stock divisions will remain the same as they were in 2004. Tri-City Speedway will also use a transponder system to score the races in 2005. This system should dramatically improve downtime during caution periods by allowing the cars to be realigned for a restart more quickly.

Fans will also notice the big face lift the track is getting for 2005. A lot of cleaning up and the removal the old trailer houses that were behind the grandstands along with a lot of painting of current buildings are just the first steps of a long list of items to be done at the track. A lot of new signs and billboards are going up as well. Fans will also appreciate the billboards that are located on the front straight-away are being lowered to make it much easier to see all around the track.

Fans and racers alike will notice the improved lighting and sound system. A new kids play area is also being constructed and should be open by June. The play area will include a playground and a child's concession area with supervision. Parents will have to check their kids into the play area and each child will receive an armband. Their will also be a family section in the grandstands which will be designated as no alcohol, no smoking and no cursing.

The Gundaker's are very excited and ready for the 2005 racing season. The 2005 racing season kicks off on April 3rd and goes into the second weekend of October. There are several special events on the schedule including the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series on May 7th, the AMA Flat Track Motorcycles on June 11th, the Mid-America Racing Series Late Model Series on June 19th and the UMP Summer Nationals on July 17th. The biggest event of the year may be on July 31st when St. Louis' most recognized racing family will be honored. The Wallace family homecoming featuring Rusty, Mike and Kenny Wallace along with their father Russ Wallace is sure to be a fan favorite.

The USAC Sprint Cars come in on a special Wednesday night show on August 24th. A special Friday night show on September 16th will feature the World Of Outlaw Late Model Series.

Tri-City Speedway is located just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, MO in Pontoon Beach, IL. Take exit 4 off I-270 and go 1/2 mile south on SR 203. For more information about the events at Tri-City Speedway, please visiti www.tricityspeedway.net or call 636-329-1122.

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Kenny Wallace