Colorado Speedway to Get 75-Site RV Park
This week Mesa County Commissioners in Colorado gave the go-ahead for a series of new developments at the Grand Junction Motor Speedway, KJCT-TV, Grand Junction, reported.
"We were approved for a 3/8 mile dirt oval, which will be at the back of the property," says speedway partner Stacey Cook, "and then a 2 1/2-mile road course, a 75-space RV park at the entrance and a champion off-road truck course."
Butler Cox, 72, discovered the speedway a few months ago and has been racing ever since.
"I absolutely fell in love with this place," Cox says, "and the expansion's going to make it even better."
Cox thinks the new RV park will be a big draw for tourists.
"It means another place for people to come in and park their RVs, it's close to Palisade, it's close to the wineries," he says. "It'll be a great place to come out with your RV."
In the past, commission meetings have been packed with neighbors concerned about noise and traffic, but this time around has been different.
"The neighbors have actually been wonderful," Cook says, "and we have a lot of them as customers. We want to make sure we stay that way. We want to make sure we stay a good neighbor."
News of the speedway's expansion plan comes just ten days after a tragic accident at the track took the life of 9-year-old Taybor Duncan. It's the first fatality in the track's history, but it will play a role in the plans moving forward.
The speedway says the next step in the expansion process is looking for funding. The stock car track alone could cost about $1 million.