On Tuesday, August 28, the public relations firm Inside Line Promotions released a statement on behalf of the Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Montana. In short, the press release stated that the upcoming event at the speedway would not be sanctioned by the ASCS as originally planned. It went on to explain that the speedway had no plans on working with the sanctioning body in the future.
The reprinted original press from Inside Line Promotions:
Electric City Speedway Pulls ASCS Sanctioning of This Weekend’s Montana Round Up and Beyond.
Inside Line Promotions – GREAT FALLS, Mont. (Aug. 28, 2018) – Electric City Speedway officials have decided to drop all sanctioning with the American Sprint Car Series effective immediately.
That decision begins with the 24th annual Montana Round Up this Friday through Sunday at the 3/10-mile dirt oval. The event showcases a $1,500-to-win 360ci winged sprint car and $500-to-win IMCA modified feature each of the three nights. Points will be calculated each night and the top three in overall points at the conclusion of the event receive bonus money.
“The Montana Round Up is a long-standing event that we love putting on each year for the competitors and the fans,” Electric City Speedway Owner Dan Mann said. “It’s a lot of hard work, but a lot of fun as well and we’re really looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend.
“After much thought and prayer we have decided that we can no longer be associated or work with the American Sprint Car Series or its current ownership. There have been differences of opinion in recent years, but we thought that was all behind us last year when we had a meeting with ASCS Founder Emmett Hahn. We ironed things out and felt like we had a successful path drawn up for all parties, but nothing that we agreed upon has come to fruition. Therefore, we are standing up for ourselves and our racers by not sanctioning anymore races with the American Sprint Car Series under the current ownership.”
This weekend’s Montana Round Up is the final event of the season for Electric City Speedway. The three sprint car races will be sanctioned by the North-American Speed Association. It is also the final races on the NSA Series schedule.
The main gates will open at 6 p.m. with racing set for 7:30 p.m. each night.
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On Wednesday, August 29, 2018, the ASCS released their own press release in response to Electric City Speedway’s authorized press release published the day prior:
American Sprint Car Series Statement Regarding Electric City Speedway
TULSA, Okla. (August 29, 2018) In response to a press release issued by Electric City Speedway, the American Sprint Car Series will not seek to mend any ties with the Montana oval.
“We had a meeting with all three Montana tracks before the season started, and everyone was good. Everyone was on the same page, but from the first time our Frontier Region showed up at Electric City Speedway this season, track ownership and people associated with the track have sought to undermine and circumvent the rules of the American Sprint Car Series, including the Brodix Spec Cylinder Head, Hoosier Tire, and lineup procedures,” stated ASCS Founder, Emmett Hahn.
“Our rules are the same for everyone, no matter who you are, and I can say without a doubt, in 27 years of working with owners and promoters all over the country, I have never had as much trouble or headache as what I’ve had with Electric City Speedway,” added Hahn.
“What’s worse, is Dan Mann was given the opportunity to speak with our National Director, and when asked to state his issues, he didn’t give any and instead hung up. In fact, he could have called our office at any time and chose not to do so. We are more than willing to work with any track to make the show better and address any legitimate issues. We’re in the business of promoting and growing the sport of Sprint Car racing and continue to do so without Electric City Speedway.”
The American Sprint Car Series would like to thank the promoters who work to make the sport of Sprint Car racing better with every night of racing and looks forward to continuing to grow the sport across the United States and beyond.
The 2019 season for the Brodix ASCS Frontier Region is already in the works with new tracks coming on board, as well as bigger and better events for teams and fans to attend.
For other news, notes, and information on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the Regional Tours that make up the nearly 150 races across the ASCS Nation in 2018, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com, follow on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter (@LucasOilASCS).
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We at OneDirt have no further information to share, only our best wishes for the track, racers, and sanctioning body. We hope that the track will have a successful event for the racers and somewhere in the future the two parties will be able to work together on more events.