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posted February 19, 2003 02:52 PM
New owner already knows his way around Bakersfield Speedway
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Feb. 19) - New owner and promoter Scott Schweitzer already has a long association with Bakersfield Speedway.
Schweitzer's grandfather raced jalopies and midgets there in the 1950s. His father raced motorcycles and he owned two cars that raced there last year.
On top of that, the family's construction business had helped previous owner Doug Bainton build motocross tracks at Bakersfield.
"I'm 36 years old now and I've been coming here since I was at least 10," Schweitzer said. "It's kind of funny when I look at it and remember all the times we came here, and now we own it."
He's hard at work now, getting the 1/3 mile high-banked clay oval ready for opening night on March 1, when I.M.C.A. Sunoco Modifieds take to the track for the 13th consecutive season there.
Fifty truckloads of clay have been added to the racing surface. Track lighting has been rewired, a new PA system is being installed and a new souvenir stand is being added.
"There's a lot of work we want to get done," said Schweitzer, still putting finishing touches on the 2003 schedule. "This place needs some TLC and I want to do that first."
"I'm really excited about I.M.C.A. and the whole season," he said. "The 3-Way Chevrolet Modifieds will be a crowd-pulling division and we had big numbers of them on our registration day Feb. 1."
Regular Saturday programs at Bakersfield run through Aug. 23 this season.
Joining the Modifieds on the race card are the super streets and hobby stocks, along with a new super late model class that will run on seven nights