BCMP preps for another racing season

Published 12:00 pm Wednesday, February 4, 2009

After a brief false start, the Butler County Motorsports Park is preparing to drop the green flag on another season of racing.

Last fall, a deal was arranged for the racetrack to be sold to Chris Coggin of Orange Beach and Robert Orlich of Gulf Shores, and the plan was to rename the track “Avenger Speedway.”

However, that deal fell through, and the racetrack is back under the management of Bo Thagard.

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Also returning to the BCMP is spokesman NASCAR Ron, and he said there will be a few changes for the upcoming season.

“Looking at the economy, we’re only going to race every other Saturday night,” Ron said. “Racers are saying that they can spend some time with their families and not get burned out racing every weekend.”

Despite the downturn in the economy, the prizes for racing will be improving slightly.

“Our purses will be a little better,” Ron said. “Our kids’ admission is also going to be a little less, but the adult admission will be the same.”

The first race is scheduled for March 28, and the first practices will be held on the first weekend in March.

NASCAR Ron said the track is also looking for sponsors.

“We know businesses are struggling, but we would like to work with them for a sponsorship and to promote their business,” he said.

Ron also said they were looking for feedback from the public.

“If there are any questions or input, please call me,” Ron said.

NASCAR Ron can be reached at 657-9231 and Bo Thagard can be reached at Camellia Auto Parts at 382-6641.

The BCMP isn’t the only thing Ron and Thagard have in the works — they are also considering starting a cab service in Greenville.

“The mayor of Greenville is very interested in working with us on a taxi cab service,” Ron said. “Hopefully we can let the community know within the next month about that.”