What do you get when you combine a historic dirt track with a family, who has an undeniable passion for racing?
You get the perfect recipe for success.
Such is the case for the 2018 season at Webster City, Iowa’s Hamilton County Speedway. Veteran racing promoters, Todd and Janet Staley have signed an agreement with the Hamilton County Fair Board to operate weekly and special event promotions at the storied facility.
The husband and wife duo – who operate TTMM Promotions – will look to return grandeur to the sprawling, ½-mile oval.
“Our number one goal is to facilitate great racing on a great racing surface, starting the shows on time and running a smooth and efficient program,” Todd Staley said. “We will work to bring back the fun like it was in the glory days. In today’s economy and culture, more than ever it is all about giving the paying customer an experience unlike every other, and that’s what we intend to do.”
Hamilton County Speedway is the oldest track in Iowa. It initially opened in 1910 before work began on the current location at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in 1938. The new track was completed in spring of 1939, and the first races were held in September of that year.
The foundations for Todd Staley’s operation of the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) and the United States Racing Association (USRA) were likely first established as a youngster working at the famed track.
His initial duties including working the back of the water truck for promoter Don Cryder.
Staley would go on to work for various promoters in an array of duties at the clay oval, which is situated in close proximity to his childhood home. Over the years his roles at the facility expanded, with him even taking over the lead promoter position for select special races.
This year will be different though. In 2018 his TTMM Promotions will not only oversee select special events at the historic facility, but also weekly events.
Opening night is slated for April 21 with the regular season finale being contested on August 25. An old familiar friend will return to Hamilton County Speedway for the final race of 2018. The Fall Futurity makes its grand return on September 28-29.
A bevy of specials are slated throughout the season, including programs for Sprint Cars, Modifieds, Late Models, Stock Cars, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks, and Tuners.
With the Staley families other commitments keeping them on the road at times throughout the season, the General Manager role at the track will be shared by Brad and Sarah Ratcliff. The husband-and-wife duo call Webster City home and will oversee operations of the speedway for regular race nights.
Weekly events will boast handsome payouts. Late Models will race for $600-to-win every Saturday night, while Modifieds will chase a $500 winner’s check. Stock Cars and B-Mods will pursue a $400 top prize with Hobby Stock racers looking to claim a $300 check. Rounding out the weekly pursuit of glory will be Tuners, who will race for a $125 winner’s reward.
A stout point’s payout will await drivers in all divisions at the conclusion of the season.
In addition, the track has teamed up with nearby Mason Motor Speedway in Mason City, Iowa to offer a unique bonus for perfect attendance. Drivers in the USRA Stock Car, USRA Hobby Stock, or USRA Tuner class, who don’t miss an event at either facility during the course of the year, will be eligible for bonus money.
Each track will contribute money each night to the overall fund. At the end of the year, the drivers with perfect attendance will get to split the bonus money. If only one driver meets the criteria, then he or she will pocket all the extra cash.
The Staley family are not naïve that a lot of hard work lies in front of them if they are to return to the ½-mile speed plant to its former glory. However, they approach the task with determination and passion.
“There is a special place in our heart for the Hamilton County Speedway,” Todd Staley said. “We know we have a lot of work to do going forward with regards to both facility improvements and proving to fans and drivers that you don’t have to settle for what you’ve gotten in the past.”
For more information on the track, please visit www.HamiltonCountySpeedway.com .