By Brian Liskai: ATTICA, Ohio (Saturday, April 22, 2006) – No one was happy with the track conditions Friday, April 21, at Attica Raceway Park…especially promoter and limited late model racer John Bores. Bores and crew were up bright and early Saturday to begin work to improve the surface for better – and more importantly – safer racing.
“Attica Raceway Park would like to apologize to the drivers, race teams and fans for the track conditions Friday night. The track was extremely hard and dry from all the racing during the two-day Coors Light Spring Nationals last weekend. The track prep team started watering and preparing the racing surface from Wednesday evening through Friday afternoon,” explained Bores.
“Due to the hard compacted clay below, the water did not soak in properly. Subsequently the track could not be run in and prepared properly,” Bores continued.
Friday afternoon’s hot and humid conditions and intermitent rain also contributed to track prep woes.
In an all-out effort to make “Ohio’s Finest Racing” venue the best it can be, the track crew went back to work early Saturday, ripping and disking the hard pan soil and regrading the race track.
One of the more fascinating tools Bores was able to utilize via his company (UUI) is setting GPS coordinates for the grader so the track can be returned to original condition if it becomes dished out or crowns in the middle. The technology is so accurate that apparently if desired a completed duplicate of the track configuration could be built based off the coordinates.
“The entire Attica Raceway Park staff appreciates the patience of the fans, drivers and race teams and their support,” said ARP Operations Manager Rex LeJeune.
Racing continues at Attica Raceway Park Friday, April 28 with Bazell Race Fuel Night featuring the winged 410 sprints, 305 sprints and Sunoco American Late Model Series. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 8 p.m.