LINCOLN — The new owners of Lincoln Speedway are expected to face the Lincoln City Council tonight as discussions get under way to add Saturday nights and alcohol to the race card.
The 2006 season opens March 25. Lincoln Speedway already has a special-use permit to hold car races at Logan County Fairground on Sundays ending at 10:30 p.m.
"This is something that will be worked out with the City Council and we will support both the speedway and the City Council in their decisions," said Mike Rutledge, chairman for the Lincoln Jaycees 50/50 project at the Lincoln Speedway. "We are happy to just to be a part of the speedway. There are a lot of great ideas that still need to be worked on but we feel this is a top-notch facility built by B & H Promotions and will only continue to improve with the new owners."
Glynn Barber of XPLEX extreme sports complexes, Portland, Ind., and Michael Bowen of Westwood Development Corp., Grand Rapids, Mich., bought the business Feb. 16. Bowen builds hotels while Barber develops sports venues; they are in the process of buying 10 racetracks.
Mayor Beth Davis said a couple of area speedway owners have asked the council to carefully consider approving a change of day because it could disrupt the delicate balance among tracks throughout Central Illinois.
"It's not a done deal," Davis said. "We want more discussion. They do have to come before the City Council (to change nights and sell alcohol)" because the track's operation is regulated by the city.
Dirt track motor racing returned to Lincoln two years ago after a 40-year hiatus.
"Fans of Lincoln Speedway can look forward to several other XPLEX forms of entertainment in the coming years," Barber said in a prepared statement.
"These include our concert series, spearheaded by XPLEX general manager Ryan McCombs, lead singer of the heavy metal band Drowning Pool (drowningpool.com ), Motocross, the United Rockcrawling and Off Road Challenge series (UROC.com ), paintball competitions and much more."