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July 7, 2009

Trackside: Greencastle businessman Spiker takes over Lincoln Park Speedway

The third race postponement of the season at the Terre Haute Action Track may have made for a slow news day over the weekend but thats not to say the same period was not without a noteworthy announcement.

Word that promotional rights at Lincoln Park Speedway had changed hands caught many that compete and attend races at the 5/16-mile dirt oval by surprise.

A news release from Spiker Promotions last Friday announced that Greencastle businessman Joe Spiker had taken over the reigns of the track effective June 30.

Drivers were to be told of the change at last Saturday’s LPS show but word of the changes were leaked before Dave Allison and Spiker were able to address particpants.

Like most other area shows, that event fell victim to the elements Saturday night. The LPS Web site notes the event has been rescheduled for this Saturday.

According to the news release, Spiker will take over LPS for the remainder of the 2009 season with Allison and Spiker to work out a lease/purchase agreement at the end of the current season.

By taking control of the Putnam County facility Spiker will be taking on the daunting task of operating two race tracks. He is the current promoter of Vermillion County Speedway at Danville, Ill.

Spiker took over promotional rights at VCS this past winter after several failed attempts to buy LPS.

“Track owner Dave Allison and I had talked back and forth about buying the track [LPS]. I had asked him on several occassions, but the answer was always no,” said Spiker.

It was those rejections that led Spiker to bid on the rights to VCS. With the aid of several former LPS officials, the Indiana based group has successfully revived Saturday night racing at the quarter-mile oval.

As part of the Spiker-Allison agreement LPS will continue to showcase sprint cars on Saturday nights. VCS is expected to move to either Friday or Sunday nights.

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