LUXEMBURG SPEEDWAY PROMOTERS BOW OUT
(Kewaunee County third-mile, clay oval will see new promoters in 2012)
(Luxemburg, WI) January 13 – Lakeshore Motorsports Promotions, headed up by track manager Rick Goral of Denmark, has decided to call it quits as the promoters of Luxemburg Speedway’s weekly, Friday night program at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds.
Goral informed county leaders of their decision earlier this week. Goral, along with Bobby Dorner and some silent partners, took over operation of the third-mile, clay oval in 2002 and have built it into one of the more successful dirt tracks in northeast Wisconsin. Goral served primarily as the “managing partner” while Dorner headed up the track preparation and maintenance of the track’s equipment.
There were many factors, according to Goral, that led to the decision to pull out. Chief among those decisions was an added expense of moving the pit area to the west end of the fairgrounds. A new concession stand would be built. “It would be quite an expensive proposition to bring that kitchen up to code,” said Goral.
In addition, there were several other reasons that led to Goral and Dorner’s choice. Just exactly when the new pit area actually gets finished in time for the racing season is a major concern. “That makes it very tough to acquire nightly sponsorship, and get a schedule done as well,” Goral pointed out. Also the frontstretch catch fence needs to be replaced and he was not able to get a definite answer on that yet.
LMP paid the highest track rental fee to host weekly racing. “It’s among the highest in the state, if not the Midwest and in this economy, makes it awful tough to pull a profit,” said Goral. “Overall the county has been pretty good to work with. There are just some areas we don’t see eye to eye on is all.”
What’s more, Goral found himself putting in more hours as the years wore on, with the weekly racing showing less of a profit margin year after year. “It’s really tough to be a race promoter and you’ve got a full time job besides,” said Goral. “I don’t regret one bit of it. I’ve met some great friends along the way.”
Goral plans on taking more vacations in the warmer southern states. He has not ruled out possibly serving in a “consultant” role so to speak, to assist a new promoting group. An advertisement will be put in the Kewaunee County paper which will be soliciting bids from potential new promoters. “I’m not getting any younger, and it’s a lot more work than people can imagine,” said Goral. “You’ve really got to pour your heart and soul into it to make it work.”
The 2011 Luxemburg Speedway awards banquet will be going on as planned Saturday, January 28 at Beverly Gardens in Denmark. See luxemburgspeedway.com for more information or call (920) 660 9095 for more information.