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Dirt track racing may get a boost

Published: March 27, 2014, 5:37 pm, by Garrison Wells

If you like the feel of a high-powered engine throbbing through you chest as vehicles barrel around a dirt track splattering spectators at the curves, good news.
The El Paso County Fairgrounds Corp. wants to make things better.
So they are doing what most governmental and quasi-governmental organizations do.
They’re forming a committee.
Still, a committee is better than nothing. And, really, it depends on who is on the committee, doesn’t it?
The name of the committee is “Fairgrounds Racing Program Advisory Committee.”
Its job will be to get an idea of fan satisfaction (or lack thereof), marketing and financial sustainability of the race program at the  El Paso County Speedway.
In the wings, and this is big stuff, the possibility of facility improvements.
The track, at the El Paso County  Fairgrounds in Calhan, is a big part of the annual El Paso County Fair.
Each event draws about 700 fans , said Tim Wolken, director of the county’s Community Services Department.
The committee will consist of two Fairgrounds Corp. members and at least five at-large members appointed by the corporation.
The members will serve two year terms and will meet on the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the El Paso County Fairgrounds.
Interested? Send a letter or email with your background with the racing program and why you are interested in serving on the committee by March 31 to:  
Tim Wolken, Director
Community Services Department
El Paso County, Colorado
2002 Creek Crossing
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80905
email: timwolken@elpasoco.com
Or for more information, please call 719-520-6981.

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