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« on: February 21, 2009, 06:00:45 PM »

FROM ARCA:

Mansfield Replaces Nashville on 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series Schedule
TOLEDO, OH (2-20-09)-Mansfield Motorsports Park in Ohio will play host to an ARCA RE/MAX Series race on June 20, replacing an event previously scheduled for that date at the Music City Motorplex in Nashville, Tennessee.
The change in venue was approved by ARCA officials after promoter Joe Mattioli III reached an agreement with Mansfield Motorsports Park owner Mike Dzurilla to run the event at Mansfield.

"We've worked with Joe and the Mattioli family for decades, and this request falls under our guidelines for realigning an event date," said ARCA President Ron Drager. "Mansfield is a quality facility and we know how Ohio race fans have supported events like the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Toledo Speedway and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Mansfield in the past. We look forward to June 20."

Mansfield Motorsports Park opened in 2002, and hosted NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ASA, USAR Pro Cup, ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series and numerous other events. MMP hosted eight racing weekends last season, but track management announced in December 2008 that economic conditions would cause the track to cease operations. The agreement between Mattioli and Dzurilla assures that there will be racing at Mansfield in 2009.

"Mansfield is a first class facility and Mike Dzurilla has an outstanding staff there," said Mattioli. "They have a great track record of producing spectacular events and I am thrilled to be working with them. It is the perfect track to showcase the exceptional competition of the ARCA RE/MAX Series."

The Mattioli family is well known for their ownership and management of Pocono Raceway. Pocono has hosted 47 ARCA RE/MAX Series events since the first in 1969. Joe Mattioli III promoted ARCA RE/MAX Series races at South Boston Speedway in Virginia and was the promoter at Music City Motorplex in Nashville from 2003 through 2008.

"I am honored to be working with Joe and his staff," said Dzurilla. "They bring to Mansfield a proven track record of professionalism that we have been striving towards for the past five years. In my opinion, we have the best and most loyal fans in the world, and I am ecstatic to be able to bring them a top quality racing event such as the ARCA RE/MAX Series."

The ARCA RE/MAX Series opened its 57th season of competition February 7 at Daytona Int'l Speedway with James Buescher winning, and will next see action April 5 at Salem Speedway in Indiana.

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Good news for Mansfield. Bad news for Music City Motorplex. Seems the FairBoard has decided against renewing the contract that expired in January and will not seek other promoters to operate the track. As for Mansfield, i think you may see the Mattioli family will be involved, either as owners or promoters of the track.

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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2009, 06:13:38 PM »

Lou saw this news about Mansfield last night and it's great! 

As to the Nashville Fairgrounds, I'm not sure what you are talking about, Ken, but we're pretty sure they are going to be open this season and that some touring series will be racing there.

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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2009, 09:37:23 PM »

as a follow up to my private message to Cheryl..(didn't mean to whip anyone into a frenzy)  Music City Motorplex will reopen this year as the Fairgrounds Speedway at Nashville, under a parntership that includes Cup veteran Sterling Marlin. after it was announced that a contract would not be renewed to open this year, fans and racers alike petitioned the fairboard (once again) to keep the track open and it worked (once again). the decision to move the ARCA race had been made before the new agreement was signed.  USAR is tentatively set to run May 23 as part of a 16 week schedule. Unfortunately missing from the new schedule it the All American 400 that is traditionally held in October.

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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2009, 05:48:41 PM »

Great for Mansfield! I thought that the pulling of the truck series race would lead to its closure. 

And congratulations to Sterling and his partners for re-opening the Fairgrounds. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2009, 08:54:32 PM »

I get real busy in late June, but maybe we could squeeze in a quick trip to Mansfield. Heck, maybe my daughter and the two granddaughters would like to go. Hmmmm I'll have to think about that. Grin
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