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SGMC dragway has high hopes

April 22, 2004

Cook County-- The famous movie line "If you build it, they will come" of course comes from the baseball move "Field of Dreams." But those who have been building the south Georgia Motor Sports Park just down the road from Adel found out last weekend that people are ready to see some racing.

This weekend that is just what will happen at the S.G.M.C. dragway.

South Georgia Motorsports park is off and running even before their first official race. Last weekend, a few hundred fans were expected to show up to watch an open test session on the new track before the first official race this weekend. Instead, fans came by thousands much to the delight and amazement of those who are building this complex.

Speedway Manager Tim Pafford said "We realize we have a little over 6,400 seats here. 3200 on each side. We realize that is not going to be enough. Our practice this past week filled it up."

Those who came out last weekend saw that there is still a lot of work to be done before the green lights flash for the first time on Friday. That is why workers are busy this week pouring concrete, paving the parking lots and getting used to the even larger crowds that are expected this weekend.

Pafford said, "We did have a couple of areas with our work force that will be make progressively better. We saw a lot of positives and certainly the weak links we want to make as strong as the strongest portion of our event."

The South Georgia motor sports park has been defying expectations since ground was broken more than a year ago. One of the biggest coups is that hosting an NHRA Lucas Oil series race in early June.

Pafford said "When we started working with them and showed them the plans and they pulled the race from Atlanta and brought it here, it just blew us away."

Fans can expected two see two weekends of drag racing each month at the South Georgia Motorsports complex and the speedway is scheduled to be open on Labor Day weekend.

Gates open at five for Friday night's practice sessions and again at 11 on Saturday with the first races starting at six.

posted at 5:00PM by dave.miller@walb.com

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