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County Seeks Promoter For Dirt Track Racing

Fairgrounds’ racing season has been running April to October

County Seeks Promoter For Dirt Track Racing
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Fairgrounds’ racing season has been running April to October

County Seeks Promoter For Dirt Track Racing

BY: Greg Larry / Oval Track News

CUMBERLAND — Allegany County officials are soliciting proposals from prospective promoters for dirt track auto racing at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. 

The Board of Commissioners voted during a Thursday meeting to issue a request for proposal for those interested in promoting the races. The county has been putting the events promoter position out for bid every three years.

“This contract with the current promoter actually ends at the end of this month — October,” said County Administrator Brandon Butler. “As we have done in other instances where a contract ends, we put an RFP (Request for Proposal) out for interested parties.”

Todd Brode, principle with the nonprofit Greater Cumberland Raceway, has been the promoter for the last three years. He attended Thursday’s meeting to offer his services for another three.

“We’ve come a long way since the spaghetti dinners and bake sales we started basically three years ago,” he said. “With the changes we’ve made we’ve had a tremendous year. We have purchased numerous pieces of equipment and fixed the scoreboard after a lightning strike and I fixed the water pump after a lightning strike.”

Brode said the track has had great support from the community, fans and drivers.

“We had a great season this year, which includes our Queen City races, 305 sprint cars and the ultimate series,” he said. “For 2020 and beyond, we are looking to have some really big races, including the USAC (United States Auto Club) Sprint Car Series, which ran at the track back in (the) 1960s.

“I see a lot of great things happening at the track that will benefit both us and Allegany County.”

Butler said there is no option clause to extend Brode’s contract.

“I understand there may be other people out there that might be interested into jumping into this promoter role and you have to treat them all fairly,” Butler said. “It is just a matter of utilizing our resources and doing it in the right way and that is what we are doing.”

Brode said racing at the fairgrounds has been running April to October.

“We’ve invested a lot in the last three years and we want to keep it going,” he said. “We changed some management this year and things have run a lot smoother. We’ve been getting done a lot earlier. We have a curfew of 10:30 p.m. and I think there was only one time we got close to the curfew. We run from 6:00 p.m usually to 10:00 p.m. It brings a lot of money into the community.”