SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash.--The Spokane County Raceway was set to start its 40th season on Saturday. The years previous to 2014 were not a smooth ride for the track. Staff at the Spokane County Raceway said they were going to take more control in 2014. They said they would be more involved in the planning and promoting of events at the raceway.
Crews were setting up Friday for the first event of the raceway’s season. They said it is the first time a mud bog series was set to come to Spokane. Leaders at the raceway said it is just one of many changes they were making for the new season.
"Bring in in-house guys that have experience and that can be part of the racing community, that understand the needs of the racers and the spectators and can deliver a great show,” said Raceway Marketing Director Rob Holman.
Promoters in the past lost their lease at one of the tracks. The county paid for more safety upgrades and an operator of the raceway left with unpaid bills. Holman is the raceway’s new marketing director.
"I'd say we've got it turned around, what we've got planned for this 40th Anniversary season is a smooth ride for everybody,” said Holman.
Spokane County has spent millions of dollars over several years to support the raceway.
Holman said the raceway management team was working to make sure the community gets a return on the county’s investment.
"We're doing everything we can to make it happen, one day at a time, one race at a time,” said Holman.
He said the 2014 schedule would be full of events that build on past seasons. He added it is a fresh start for a raceway that has been a long time member of the community.
"Four decades of racing here, it says a lot about the facility, you know, there's a lot of history here,” said Holman.