November 8, 2007
Speedway Seeking New Promoter For 2008
Clean up from the tornado that damaged the Scotland County Fairgrounds earlier this fall won’t be the only difficult business the fair board will be faced with as the 2007 season comes to a close.
Fair board president Tom Pieper announced that racetrack promoter Todd Staley would not be returning for the 2008 season. Pieper stated that Staley had notified the fair board on November 2nd that he would not be honoring the third and final year of his contract signed in 2005.
“We’re happy and excited about returning to Cresco and Oskaloosa in 2008, but at the same time we’re sad to say we won’t be back at Bloomfield and Memphis,” said RL Promotions president Todd Staley. “It’s been a pleasure to work with the fair boards, fans, sponsors and drivers at both tracks, but we simply do not have the time or resources to devote the energy that Bloomfield and Memphis deserve and need to have successful programs there. Hopefully by making this announcement early on, both fair boards can do what is necessary to implement a new management staff that will help both tracks excel in 2008.”
The announcement ends the longest tenure at the post since the racetrack was re-opened a decade ago. Staley took over in 2004 for Lee County Speedway promoter Terry Hoenig, who ran the Memphis speedway for two seasons. Following a successful debut, Staley was offered a three-year deal to run the Scotland County Speedway.
RL Promotions took over the reigns at the Bloomfield Speedway in 2006.
Between the two facilities, more than 100 racing events were staged, including several big events for sprint cars, dirt late models and the popular O’Reilly USMTS Modifieds.
“The USMTS shows at Bloomfield and Memphis were some of the most exciting races on the schedule,” added Staley, who also heads the O’Reilly USMTS as well as the United States Racing Association (USRA), which sanctions weekly racing at both racetracks. “We’re hopeful that both tracks will host future O’Reilly USMTS shows and continue the USRA Casey’s General Stores Weekly Racing Series tradition, but that is a decision that will ultimately be made by whomever is in charge at those tracks in 2008.”