Saturday, Sep 23

Changes at I-44 Speedway

Wednesday, Apr 10 1991
If Saturday's practice session is any indication, fans and drivers alike can count on an exciting and unpredictable 2013 season at Lebanon I-44 Speedway. Just months after becoming Missouri's only NASCAR HomeTrack, I-44 played host to area and regional racers - many including drivers new to the track - for practice under sunny skies. As suddenly as last season ended, the new 2013 campaign has rapidly taken shape and many changes are in store for everyone at the Show-Me State's only asphalt oval.


Opening night at Lebanon I-44 Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, with a full slate of racing on tap headlined by a strong field of Pro Late Model challengers eager to contend for a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state title. Also in action that evening will be Modifieds, Sportsman, Road Warriors and Chargers, and Lebanon I-44 Speedway promoter Kevin Greven is expecting tight quarters in the pit area.


"We're just a few spots away from selling out our 2013 reserved pit spots," Greven said. "That's just one of the many indicators that signal an historic season under the NASCAR sanctioning body at Lebanon I-44 Speedway as the only NASCAR track in Missouri. We've also received strong support from our sponsors and the Central Bank VIP Suite Tower is sold out on opening night and 90 percent of our suites are sold for this season. We're expecting increased car counts in all five classes as our drivers are showing a renewed enthusiasm in anticipation of what promises to be a fantastic season."


While the action on track will be heating up with several special events on the 2013 schedule, fans can expect widespread changes outside of the racing that will help enhance their experience.


Concession and suite menus have been updated and expanded, and fans can expect changes and additions to the concession to help speed up the serving process and make it more efficient. Over the winter, construction crews have been working hard to construct a brand new Budweiser Fan Deck on the main concourse midway and Greven's pleased with the results.


"We had an idea of what we thought fans wanted," said Greven, "and the way it turned out, it's going to make the Saturday night racing trip a real experience. The goal is to make this the cleanest, friendliest and most entertaining NASCAR weekly racing facility in the region, and I'm confident that with our experienced staff, exciting racing and tremendous Mid-Missouri fan base, that can become a reality during the 2013 season. We have looked at everything from the sound system to the lighting and our racers have really bought into the program to put the best show possible on the track."


Staff also refurbished restrooms and added display lighting to brighten up the midway area. The track itself also received improved lighting in anticipation of a national TV appearance when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series visits the facility on Sunday, June 9.


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