New Promoters at race track
Two new promoters are now in charge of Susanville's Lassen Speedway and they hope to increase the amount of drivers and make racing at the fairgrounds more friendly to spectators.
Chuck MacKay and Bill Crum are in the process of purchasing equipment from former promoter Larry Jackson and working to get the track ready for the season's first race on Saturday, April 20.
The season was set to start Saturday, April 6.
"We just can't get everything ready by that time. There's too much to do," said MacKay, who changed the name of track from High Desert Speedway.
The two, who said Jackson will not be present at the track during races, are purchasing the water truck, K-rail, fencing and portable lighting.
Racing classes this year will include modifieds, hobby stocks, mini-stocks, strictly stocks and go-cart racing for the children. MacKay he is working on including the track involved in the Northern State Modified Point Series with other tracks in Northern California.
MacKay vows to improve the operation of conducting the races.
"We're going to make modifications to help make going to the races a more pleasant experience," he said. "For one thing, we're going to start the races on time and keep the racing going.
"The desire of racing did dwindle last year. We're going to give it a shot in the arm. We want racing in Susanville be as fun as it can get, for the drivers and fans."
Seating in the grandstand will be divided into three sections, with families and non-drinkers seated in the middle and drinking spectators seated in the outer areas.
Prices will be cheaper - $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, children with a student card and handicapped fans. Children five years old will be admitted free. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing starting at 7 p.m.
A driver's meeting is slated for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27 at the Lassen High School student center.