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August 14, 2007

Trackside: Sun is setting on Terre Haute Action Track’s season

TERRE HAUTE — As the racing season rapidly draws to a close, any chance that fans will get one final opportunity to see racing at the Terre Haute Action Track this summer appears to be slipping away with each passing day.

Even one of the few voices that has any say in the track’s future, director of competition Tim Wolfe, is not optimistic we’ll see racing at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds for the remainder of the season.

He paints a disappointing, bleak picture for the future of racing at the track. He shares the view of many that the longer the track sits idle, the closer it comes to being a victim of commercial development.

“I don’t think it’s any secret that the lack of [racing] activity down there plays into the hands of those who want to make [commercializing] happen,” said the concerned Wolfe.

“Without the proper funding, it doesn’t matter who has the track. It’s just another failure. I don’t want to see that happen.”

Current track promoter Dave Allison has apparently washed his hands of running any more races at the Fairgrounds this year and has put his contract up for sale.

“He [Allison] did offer me the chance to take the place over. I talked to several people in Terre Haute about getting some financial support, but I’ve not got back any response,” confided Wolfe.

”With the way things have gone this season, I’m not sure if one could find any sponsorship support for any type of show. They need to get an event the caliber of a World of Outlaws show, where you can make money for the track and for the city.”

Wolfe addressed speculation that a big-name NASCAR driver might step in and bail out the Action Track, much like Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have done at other premier dirt tracks.

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