Caldwell County grants more hours for Tri-County Speedway race

Sep. 10, 2013 @ 08:08 AM

The second United Auto Racing Association race of 2013, which will be Oct. 19 at the Tri-County Motor Speedway, received permission Monday to start two hours earlier than Caldwell County normally allows.

The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners voted to allow UARA events to begin at 10 a.m. instead of noon. County regulations require events to end by 11 p.m. The UARA also plans to have a practice session Friday, Oct. 18 from 3 to 7 p.m.

The races, while unpopular with some residents who live close to the track, draw a lot of out-of-county visitors. Mike Hatton of UARA said there were about 1,450 people at the last race. Of 550 in the pit area, probably 90 percent were not from Caldwell, he said.

Hatton said the extra two hours is needed due to an increase in the number of cars at this event, upwards of 70, the most in 10 years, which coincides with growing number of fans the races have seen.

Commissione Jeff Branch said that members of the community have approached him and told him how much they enjoyed the previous race at the speedway.

Also at Monday's meeting, the commissioners approved a budget amendment to buy two new ambulances to replace existing vehicles that have passed the mileage threshold stipulated in the county’s vehicle policy. Each ambulance will cost $60,000.