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Topic: New promoter has family tie to San Angelo race track
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posted February 09, 2002 01:09 AM
New promoter has family tie to San Angelo race track
SAN ANGELO, Texas (Feb. 8) - A second generation of the Hardegree family will promote San Angelo's Rolling Thunder Raceway this season.
Gary Hardegree is the new man in charge at the quarter-mile dirt track. His parents, Mike and Paula Hardegree, were promoters there from 1992-94. Both will return to the staff, Mike primarily in preparing the track for racing and as an official, and Paula in book-keeping.
"We felt we did a great job back then," said Hardegree, who worked at the raceway during his college years. "The track has changed promoters almost every year since then and sometimes people didn't know whether or not it was going to be open."
"Racing is in our blood. My dad used to race a sprint car at this track," he added. "We like challenges and we plan to continue racing in San Angelo for many years. Our main focuses will be consistency, doing what we say we're going to do, pay a guar-anteed purse and run a full schedule."
I.M.C.A.-sanctioned Modifieds, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks will run every Friday night at Rolling Thunder Race-way, beginning with the March 29 season opener.
I.M.C.A. Sprint Cars are on the program every other week.
Approximately 100 businesses in the Concho Valley have already signed on as sponsors for 2002.
When he hasn't been meeting with potential sponsors, Hardegree has been helping tackle numerous renovation and general upkeep projects at the former 2105 Speedway.
New concession stands have been built from the ground up and the first 75 of 150 truckloads of black dirt have been added to the track surface. While the Hardegree family has a background in construction, recent wet weather has slowed re-banking of the track.
"We've been around racing for a long time and it's something we enjoy. There's fun in it and we're in it on a profes-sional basis and a business basis as well," said Hardegree. "Our short-term goal is to get the track ready for opening night. Our long-term goals are to build the car counts and the reputation of this track."