A meeting between the Pacific Racing Association and sponsor Clint Newell Auto Group that was supposed to take place Monday to discuss the association’s role in a June NASCAR event didn’t happen, according to PRA president Rob Thomas.
Thomas said representatives from Clint Newell Auto Group, the event’s major sponsor, were invited to attended a monthly meeting but never showed up.
But on Wednesday, a representative from the auto group said they never agreed to attend. A representative from Bill McAnally Racing Promotions, the NASCAR K&N Pro West Series organizer, said they were never contacted about a meeting.
"BMRP wanted the PRA to be part of this event," BMRP president Bill McAnally wrote in a press release. "We did everything we could, including putting together a purse that was more than they ever make on a weekly race."
The event, the NASCAR K&N Pro West Series Race at Douglas County Speedway, is scheduled to take place on June 30.
PRA has run concession stands for the race in the past, but won’t this year. Instead, food trucks are expected to be at the track.
“We couldn’t work out an agreement this year,” Thomas said. “We hope to reach a deal next year.”
PRA board member unanimously voted to withdraw from the event, according to Thomas. PRA will continue to host all other auto races at Douglas County Speedway.
McAnally claims there were only six cars pre-registered for the street stocks and hornets races that were going to be a part of the event. Those entries will be refunded.
"Our thought are they pulled out because they didn't have much of a car count," McAnally said.
Proposed payouts for the street stocks were nearly $3,700 more than the PRA's payout for the division, according to the press release. However, McAnally claims the PRA wanted an even larger payout for its local drivers.
"They wanted me to double the purse," he said. "The percentage they wanted to give me for concessions, they wanted me to put back in the street stock purse, which was already larger than their regular purse.
"We are disappointed things did not work out for the PRA to be part of this year's program. Hopefully, we can put something together with them next year."
This will be the NASCAR's only visit to Oregon this year and has been a popular event in the past. Many local businesses sponsor the event and "they all play a key role in making this event the success it has been each year," according to McAnally.
Tickets for the Roseburg NASCAR event are on sale online at bmrnapa.com or at Clint Newell Auto Group. General admission is $25 for adults and $15 for children 6-12. Children 5 and under are free.
PRA gives back to the community by providing funding for local schools and local families in need. They’ll also host a family fun night on Sept. 8 with a bicycles give-away and are actively involved with a summer reading program. On Aug. 25 the PRA is scheduled to give away school supplies during the West Coast Modified Shootout races.