DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 11, 2005) -- Mike Cope is a one of the most unique men in motorsports. Some fans will recognize him as a hard-charging race car driver with a long list of wins to his credit. Other fans will see him as the owner of...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 11, 2005) -- Mike Cope is a one of the most unique men in motorsports. Some fans will recognize him as a hard-charging race car driver with a long list of wins to his credit. Other fans will see him as the owner of Bronson (Fla.) Motor Speedway, the latest track to sign with the ASA Racing Member Track program for the 2005 season.
The 3/8-mile oval has undergone some extensive remodeling during the off-season according to Cope, some of which will benefit the fans and others that the competitors will appreciate.
"There are several improvements over and above what we offered last year. Like any new business, Bronson Motor Speedway is a work in progress," said Cope who enters his fifth year of ownership.
Among the most noticeable changes are the addition of new lighting that will benefit both drivers and fans with greater visibility, and the addition of several cubic yards of concrete creating aprons at the entrance and exits of the turns.
"We found that many of the cars had been going low into the turns which threw dirt up onto the racetrack so we added quite a bit of concrete through these areas," Cope explained. "This should help to speed up the shows this year as we won't need to constantly come out and clean the dirt out of the groove.
"It's non-conducive to get down in the corners," Cope said about any driver thinking that hitting the apron will be an advantage. "There is a finish on the concrete that won't allow anyone to gain an advantage by going low in the turns. It won't stop them from going low, but it will keep the dirt off the track in case someone does," Cope added.
Fans will also notice several facility improvements, notably the new roofs to the concession stand so that they can keep out of the Florida sunshine and stay cooler while patronizing the facility. The bathrooms have also been remodeled creating a better atmosphere for families.
The Saturday night programs will feature most of the same classes on the 14-degree banking, including Late Models, Modifieds, Pure Stocks and Sportsman. New this season is the addition of the Harvey Wallbanger class.
"The Harvey Wallbangers are truly an entry level class for those who are interested in getting into the sport, but I think they will quickly become one of the spectator favorites," Cope predicted.
Bronson Motor Speedway has one of the longest seasons among the short tracks, starting on Feb. 26 and running through Nov. 6. For more details on the facility or schedule, visit the track's Web site at www.bronsonmotorspeedway.com or telephone (352) 486-2763.
"Thanks to his background, Mike Cope is one of the most unique people in short track promotions," said Dennis Huth, owner of the ASA Racing Member Track Program. "His background as a driver allows him to know the type of things that draw competitors to a track and what makes a racetrack 'racey.' As a track owner, he also is aware of what the needs of the fan are and the things that draw families out for a night of fun. All this makes Mike very well-rounded, and you can see by the changes that he is making at Bronson Motor Speedway that he is improving the facility for both racers and fans equally."
As a Level I member in the ASA Racing Member Track program, Bronson Motor Speedway is eligible to receive contributions to their year-end point fund, marketing assistance, enhanced participant accident insurance, and will be the spot for today's fans to watch the stars of tomorrow learn the trade.
"I am very supportive of what Dennis (Huth) is trying to do (with the ASA Racing Member Track program," Cope said of his decision to renew Bronson Motor Speedway's membership. "Dennis is a man of his word. He did what he said he was going to do, and I think the ASA brand still has power.
"There is strength in numbers and short track promoters across the country need to work together for better power. The ASA Racing Member Track program is a great start in this direction. Plus, it gives my competitors another level of management to go to when issues need to be resolved if we cannot do it on our own to everyone's satisfaction," Cope added.
The ASA Racing Member Track program is now under the ownership of Racing Speed Associates. To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Fla.-based Racing Speed Associates or the ASA Racing Member Track program, call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. A new Web site is currently under development and should be within the next couple of weeks.