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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — One of America’s new generation weekly short tracks will re-launch this year with a new name, a new owner and a new NASCAR sanction.
Revolution Park Racing and Entertainment Complex in Monroe, La., will be part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly racing.
The 55-acre complex features a state-of-the-art .375-mile concrete oval with 12 degrees of banking. Its prime location is on the frontage road near busy Interstate 20 just east of Monroe, La.
Gus Campbell is president and owner of the facility while Doug Branch is Director of Marketing and Media Relations. They plan to make the facility a multi-state center of stock car racing and entertainment.
“Revolution Park Racing and Entertainment Complex is a welcome addition to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president, regional and touring series. “Gus Campbell and his team are moving forward with mission to create a regional destination for drivers, teams and fans.”
The track also includes a Figure Eight course, MUSCO lighting, a 4,000 seat aluminum grandstand and suites for corporate clients.
“We are passionate about providing family entertainment,” Branch said. “One third of our stands will be designated as no smoking or alcohol for family seating. We want to provide an enjoyable experience for everyone.
“We’ll have some of the best speedway food service in the nation,” Branch said. “We want fans to come out early, tailgate and enjoy a meal. In addition to our local fan base we think we’ll attract fans and racers from several states. There are no other paved short tracks within hundreds of miles. Beyond auto racing, we’ll have concerts and flea markets. We’ll be a hub of racing and entertainment activity.”
Branch himself commutes 300 miles to the track from Dallas where he is a motorsports analyst for ESPN Radio 103.3-FM.
Pro Late Models will be the track’s NASCAR Division I, and appear on alternate weekends. Other divisions include Modifieds, Sport Modifieds, Thunder Stocks and Compacts. Legends and Bandoleros will also make frequent appearances.
The track will operate on Saturday nights beginning April 21. The grand-opening event is scheduled for May 5. Afternoon test and tune “Shakedown Saturdays” are scheduled for March 17, 24 and 31.
The speedway was designed by P.C. Waters of Paxton Waters Architecture in Carmel, Ind. Other Waters projects include Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
NASCAR-licensed Division I drivers are eligible to compete for NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championships and point fund awards at the track, state and national levels. State champions also receive customized helmets and racing uniforms from series sponsor Whelen Engineering.
NASCAR-licensed drivers in each track’s NASCAR-sanctioned support divisions compete for points in the NASCAR Finalist program. The program brings added recognition to drivers in NASCAR Divisions II-V. Points are kept separately for asphalt and dirt tracks.
The track’s website is www.revolutionparkentertainment.com.