Ky racetrack could reopen by spring

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Associated Press

Posted on January 6, 2014 at 10:03 AM

CALVERT CITY, Ky. (AP) — The new owners of a western Kentucky race track hope to have the course open by spring.

Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway co-owner Jim Hale says the company has been working for the past few months to bring the track in Calvert City into race-ready shape.

General Manager Tommy House told The Paducah Sun (http://bit.ly/1a8TYDz ) since the property has been sitting more or less dormant about three years, it required some upgrades. Preparing the track for racing has been House's top priority, but damp weather has made sifting the larger rocks from the dirt track difficult.

Although House does not want to set a firm race schedule until the track is closer to completion, he said a National Dirt Racing League-sanctioned race is in the works for the last week of March.

"We'd been working at it until this weather set in. It's been graded, it's been bulldozed, it's been raked. We've gotten a lot of rocks out of it, but we're not through," he said. "We want the competitors to come and enjoy racing there and know they don't have to wear a steel helmet."

Hale estimated other repairs cost more than $100,000, including painting, track cleanup, repairs to the heating and air systems, and other general maintenance.

"When you've got that many different toilets and doors and stuff, it doesn't take long for what you think might be a $5 item to wind up being a $5,000 item," Hale said.

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Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com

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