Open letter to the racers at Eddyville Raceway Park
I know a lot of racers are concerned with what is happening at IHRA and their parent company IRG that owns IHRA and several race tracks including Cordova. Last week it was announced that Scott Gardner was no longer the president of IHRA. Scott being the former partner with myself at ERP this news was very upsetting to myself and many others and created a lot of uncertainty in the drag race world. I like many others do not understand how this could have happened as I felt Scott was the perfect man for the job but in the corporate world things happen that us out here in rural America do not understand.
The next question for myself was how will this affect Eddyville Raceway Park ? I have looked hard at the programs IHRA offers us versus NHRA. I had no major issues with NHRA when we were sanctioned by them and very few with IHRA since we switched 2 years ago. Several things stand out with IHRA including fewer hassles with competition licenses, 1/8th mile ET Finals, 1/8th mile World Finals, an outstanding Summit Super Series program, Jr Dragster National event, and better insurance for the track for less money. IHRA has been through 6 or 7 different corporate owners since the late 90`s and one thing has stayed pretty consistent is their sportsman programs and I have been assured that once again that that will be the case now. All things considered I think it would be a mistake to change course at this time and plan on staying with IHRA at least through this season.
I am very sorry to see Scott gone from IHRA and feel for the employees and racers of Cordova as they have a lot more to deal with than we do as they are owned by IRG. I do believe with the investment IRG has made to purchase Cordova and do a lot of improvements to it last year that things will be ok for them as well, it`s just going to take some time and patience. Best wishes to Scott and Laura as they figure out what the future holds for them.
Eddyville Raceway Park 2015 Awards Banquet
March 5, 2016
Great Caterers of Iowa, Assembly Hall, 1250 NE 56th St., Pleasant Hill Ia. 50327.
Doors open @ 4.30pm, social hour w/cash bar 4.30-6pm, buffet @ 6pm, Awards presentation, special recognitions and video presentations @ 7pm.
Must be ordered by sending a check to Eddyville Raceway Park 2457 Hwy 163 Pella, Ia. 50219. Call or email Gerald with any questions at 641-780-3534 or email to email@example.com.
Prices for tickets:
Adults $25.00, kids 7-12 $12.00, kids 6 and under free.
Sleep Inn & Suites, 5850 Morning Star Ct. Pleasant Hill Ia. 50327, 515-299-9922, check with them for special ERP rate of $84.99/ 2 persons.
We will be honoring the top points finishers in Top ET, Modified ET, Street ET, Jr Dragster Advanced, High School, Stick Shift & Top Sportsman/ Top Dragster classes.
We are looking for nominations for the following awards:
Best appearing car,
Best appearing Jr Dragster,
Rookie of the year (Bracket racer),
Rookie of the year Jr Dragster,
Hard luck award,
Best engineered award,
Sportsman of the year,
Any other award you think someone deserves.
Also if you have a funny story of something that happened at the track in 2015 and would like to share it please let Gerald know.
Nominations for awards need to be received by Feb. 10, reservations at hotel must be made by Feb. 20, banquet reservations must be made with ERP by Feb. 28, (all tickets will be held at the door)
ERP 2016 Update
The famous saying that is used around this time of year is it is "New year, new me". Well ERP will also be using that slogan this year with a slight alteration as it will be a New Year, new track! Yes after 20+ years of the same racing surface we plan to be a concrete track from start to finish! We fell this is a very important step as we want to continue to give our races the best possible racing surface and to show that we plan to be around for a very long time. Below is a more detailed list of track improvements we plan on doing in 2016 and or are on our short list to get done ASAP.
Facility improvements planned for ERP in 2016.
Track paving - We are planning on repaving the track from the end of the concrete starting line pad to the finish line with concrete. The old asphalt still works quite well but is far from smooth and requires a lot of repair work every year. With all of the fast cars we run at ERP at the NOF, WFAN and MPO class etc. a new surface will enhance those events and classes. This should also help eliminate the weeper problem we have been dealing with and should shorten the dry time of the track when we have rain.
Dust Control - We plan to use the asphalt grindings from the track paving project to use over the C-stone road ways on the south end of the facility. The C-stone has helped eliminate mud issues there but created a bad dust problem when dry.
Repair asphalt by the ET Shack - This will require an asphalt overlay and will be done if budget allows this spring. We also would like to replace the winners circle with concrete. This has been planned for a while and again will be done if possible.
Chain link fence work - We need to install a fence around the pond by the entrance and rebuild the fence on the spectator side of the track. These projects have been planned for years but have been put off due to lack of time etc. These projects are more labor than materials and any volunteers to help with this would help a lot.
Move Small Shelter House - We would like to move the small shelter house south and east of the office/restroom building to the entrance gate area so the girls at the gate can have some shade. This will be done if time and budget allow us to do it.
Bleacher renovation - The middle section of bleachers on the pit side are in need of some repairs. They need to be taken apart, repaired, painted, and a concrete pad poured before being rebuilt. This will also depend on time and budget and will be more likely be done if we can get some volunteers to help.
Restroom repairs - We hope to start renovating our restrooms one a year for the next few years. Again time and budget permitting we will start with the women`s by the Eddy Diner and add insulation in the ceiling of the Eddy Diner.
Concrete Barriers - We have plans to start on this project by building special movable barrier blocks. This will be a project that will take several years to do.
All of these are things we feel we need to do to continue to be a place everyone is proud to go to and have a great experience. We thank everyone for their support without it none of this can happen. If anyone has ideas that can help us to save money on any of these projects please let us know or if anyone wants to volunteer to help you can call Gerald @ 641-780-3534 or email him @ firstname.lastname@example.org. The first 2 will definitely be done the others are high on our wish list. If the weather delays the paving project we are prepared to delay the start of the season to get it done.
Planning and Scheduling Update
It`s planning and scheduling time for the 2016 race season at ERP and we are looking for feedback from our racers and fans.
We are always interested in your ideas for new special or regular classes, special events, or any other thoughts you have to improve anything we do. Also let us know what you like to see for booked in vehicles at our Night of Fire. We have some of our plans made already made but always looking for more feed back. We also are open to ideas of events at the track that do not involve racing such as concerts, swap meets, flea markets, auctions, or other things that could work at the track. Remember that the track can be rented by anyone that would like to do an event that either involves racing or not.
Here is a few things that are planned at this time:
Please send any feedback to email@example.com, or call Gerald @ 641-780-3534.
ERP Track Rentals
Eddyville Raceway Park has days available to rent the facility for many types of usage including the use of the drag strip or for other functions that could make use of the rest of the facility but not the race track. Now is the time to set these up before all of our events are planned. Events using the track in most cases will be on a Friday night, Saturday or Sunday.
If you or a company wants to put on any type of outdoor event that might work at the track or if you would like to be a promoter of some type of race event please contact Gerald to discuss the possibilities. Price to do this will vary widely depending on the type of event you are considering.
Here is a list of some ideas on types of events that could utilize the track and facilities. They include but are certainly not limited to:
We also can put together special packages for family reunions, car clubs, or company outings to the race track during any of our scheduled events both regular race days or on our bigger events. If interested in any of these please email Gerald at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 641-780-3534.
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