Originally created 03/31/04

Race track must not close



CSRA International Speedway (formerly Gordon Park Speedway) is not there to only increase one man's wealth. There are quite a few of us who look forward to a Saturday night of good, old-fashioned fun with our friends and families. Each Saturday night, once a week from April until October. That is not an excessive amount of noise: six hours a week.

Two of our relatives lived on Parham Road for many years, and neither of them ever were disturbed by the race track noise. As a matter of fact, the train passing through several times per night is a much more offensive noise and will practically wake the dead!

Regrettably, there may be a few local residents who do have a problem with the noise, but at the last race, there were 3,000 racing fans who had a really good time! Also, during intermission, children of all ages played games, had foot races and bouncing-ball races and won prizes. Contrary to popular belief, we aren't all redneck, beer-drinking, uneducated lowlifes.

It's sad to think we may have to drive an extra hour to Modoc Speedway in South Carolina, or an hour-and-a-half to get to I-20 Speedway in Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. It also is an unfortunate truth that the Augusta area will lose a lot of business if the track stays closed, because there are many drivers who come to race here. They will rent motel rooms and dine in restaurants elsewhere.

There are many of us who will be disappointed if our track is closed, not just the owner. Hopefully, we are not all ignored because of a few hours' noise each week. If the track closes, there is no guarantee that the local residents will be any happier. Who knows what would take its place?

Randy and Briggette London, Augusta