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June 4, 2008

Albany - The Dougherty County commission Wednesday finally approved a plan to allow more cars to race at the Albany Motor Speedway. Since March, the commission has debated the issue after noise complaints from people who live near the track. Owner Harold Farnsworth agreed to require mufflers on all vehicles to reduce noise at the track.

Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard says the decision should satisfy homeowners and keep the racetrack in business. He said, "The objective from the beginning was to reduce the noise, so the business could operate, but most importantly that the neighborhood did not have to suffer from the higher decibels."

Track owners will not have to build a noise-reducing berm, but they did agree to limit racing days to weekends and holidays and they'll try to end races by 11 PM.

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