Progress 2012: Quality of Life

April 4, 2012

Speed and survival

Chatsworth track seeks to become hotspot again


‘Coming back’

Most associated with the track wants to see the grandstands filled and the same type of energetic atmospheres that would be showcased on a normal Saturday night many years ago.

“The Youngs have always owned the race track and they’re very good people,” McPherson said. “They really want to make it work. I really wish that it would become successful again, become like it used to be.”

Wilson said the maintenance has greatly improved in the past year and the future will include autograph sessions with fans and drawings to entice people to come to the speedway again.

But attendance is not the only thing needing a boost. Wilson also wants to encourage drives to return to the speedway. Without good, competitive racing, there is no reason for fans to come and watch, he said.

“We just want to get the fans’ trust and drivers’ trust back,” Wilson said, “because the drivers spend a lot of time in the winter to work on their car.”

Brindle, who has seen many promoters come and go, believes in the current promoter duo.

“I believe (Ellis and Wilson) will do some good things,” Brindle said. “If anybody can do it, I think they can bring it back. There are going to be some pretty big shows.”

Walker used the analogy of a family spending its Saturday night at a movie theater. A family of four could see a movie for about $60 and spend two hours, Walker said. At the speedway, the same size family would spend about $40 and get four hours worth of entertainment.

“We’d like to return to where it was,” Walker said. “We want to provide good, family fun, four hours of racing and let everyone be out by midnight.

“I’ve been around racing for over 30 years, and in a time when you see race tracks closing right and left, it’s good to see a race track coming back.”

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