Roseburg will be the only NASCAR stop in Oregon this year when the cars line up at Douglas County Speedway on June 30.
Bill McAnally Racing Promotions is bringing the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West to the Roseburg track with the help of many local businesses.
“They all play a key role in making this event the success it has been each year,” BMRP President Bill McAnally said in a press release Wednesday.
The race will continue as scheduled despite the fact the local racing organization, Pacific Racing Association, pulled out of the event last week. According to PRA president, Rob Thomas the board of directors voted unanimously to withdraw from the event.
PRA announced its decision on Facebook. “We have nothing bad to say at all and encourage people to attend the event. We just weren’t unable (sic) to work out a mutually beneficial agreement this time.”
McAnally said, “BMRP wanted the PRA to be part of this event. We did everything we could, including putting together a purse that was more than they ever make on a weekly race.”
The PRA would feature street stocks and hornets races prior to the NASCAR event, but those races have been canceled. The purse for the street stocks was nearly $3,700 more than the PRA payout, according to BMRP.
“We were looking forward to having the PRA street stocks and hornets be part of this event to give it a large local flavor,” McAnally said.
According to the PRA website, the winning street stock driver would get $200 in a race with less than eight cars. BMRP’s prize was valued at more than $500; $250 cash, $250 gift certificate and a toolbox.
Entry fees were higher for drivers, PRA drivers pay $35 to race in street stocks or $10 for hornets and with BMRP those fees would be $50 and $35 respectively. BMRP fees were scheduled to increase to $100 after June 15 for both classes.
BMRP claims there were only six pre-entries to the race and those drivers will be refunded.
“Our thoughts are that they pulled out because they didn’t have much of a car county,” McAnally said. “They wanted me to double the purse. 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.”
According to the Douglas County Speedway results this year, the street stocks have had no more than six cars in a race. The hornets’ biggest race had 13 drivers, while the two others had 10 and eight.
With the PRA opting to pull out of the event, BMRP will have food trucks at the speedway during the event.
General admission to the race is $25 for adults and $15 for children 6-12. Children 5 and under are free. Tickets are available at bmrnapa.com or at Clint Newell Auto Group.
Note: The (sic) used in a quote indicates a grammatical error in the original document.