Boardman, Ore. is building its track, even if NASCAR is not interested. The folks in Boardman, at least on the record, don’t seem to be taking it personally. From the Oregonian:
NASCAR, the nation’s largest sanctioning body of motor sports events, traditionally has preferred being within 60 miles of major population areas and airports. Recent studies in Washington state revealed NASCAR fans require about 27,000 rooms during a major race series, while corporate sponsors demand luxury accommodations and restaurants — all of which appear to put Morrow County, population 11,750, well out of the running.
“NASCAR is going to do what they want to do,” Morris said. “If they are interested, we are here.”
In August 2006 Kitsap Sun photographer Larry Steagall and I stopped by Boardman to get the skinny on the plans there. We were on our way to Fontana, Calif. to see a race.
This was back when Boardman was competing with Kitsap for a speedway. Boardman won when Kitsap lost, but no one from NASCAR was ever serious about Boardman.
So they’ve got kind of a racers’ club concept going on down there.