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By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF | July 11, 1997
In a procedural showdown over the proposed $100 million NASCAR speedway in Middle River, more than 100 people packed a Towson hearing room last night as business representatives argued with residents about the speedway's value to eastern Baltimore County.With beefed-up security to handle a crowd that spilled into the hallway, the Baltimore County Planning Board heard representatives of chambers of commerce and local businesses praise the raceway as a potential savior for the county's eastside, which suffers from high unemployment.
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McClatchy-Tribune News Service | May 12, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Kansas Speedway president Pat Warren was in race control on the roof of the track when lights on the backstretch went dark during the first half of Saturday night's 5-hour Energy 400, the first NASCAR Sprint Cup night race at the 14-year old facility. His staff immediately discovered a fuse had gone out in a control panel. Because the lights on the inside of the backstretch and everywhere else on the 1.5-mile tri-oval remained illuminated, racing continued until full lighting outside the track was restored about 45 minutes later.
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By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF | December 11, 1997
Amid increasing acrimony over a proposed motor speedway in Middle River, the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce is urging promoters and county officials to settle their differences and get the track built.The $100 million raceway is one of the chamber's priorities on the 1998 legislative agenda presented at a breakfast meeting yesterday.The track "will provide a high-quality entertainment use of industrial-zoned land, creating jobs and generating tax revenues," the chamber's legislative committee wrote in the report.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Dorothea Bache, a homemaker and retired Dorsey Speedway scorekeeper, died of cardiac arrest Friday at the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. The longtime Phoenix resident was 82. Born Dorothea O'Brien in Baltimore, she was known as Dot. She lived on Carrollton Avenue as a child and attended Seton High School. As a young woman, she operated an elevator at a building in downtown Baltimore. After her marriage to Robert Glenn Bache Sr., a Carey Street body and fender shop owner, she enjoyed riding a Harvey-Davidson motorcycle with him. While raising her family, she was a weekend scorekeeper at the Lincoln, Dorsey and Westport speedways.
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By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF | July 11, 1997
In a procedural showdown over the proposed $100 million NASCAR speedway in Middle River, more than 100 people packed a Towson hearing room last night as business representatives argued with residents about the speedway's value to eastern Baltimore County.With increased security to handle a crowd that spilled into the hallway, the Baltimore County Planning Board heard representatives of chambers of commerce and local businesses praise the raceway as a potential savior for the county's east side, which suffers from high unemployment.
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | April 10, 1998
Determined to win over Anne Arundel County residents in its third try to find an uncontested site for a $100 million speedway, the Middle River Racing Association held a tightly formatted community meeting last night, highlighted by displays, tables of food and speakers.Its pitch was that a speedway would be a boon to the county and not a loud, polluting, traffic-generating bad neighbor.About 400 residents and race fans turned out for the meeting in a Pasadena fire hall. By press time, opponents in the crowd had not yet been allowed time to ask their questions -- all to be funneled through a moderator -- and complained that the meeting was "too tightly controlled" and a "snow job."
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By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF | October 10, 1997
Facing steady criticism from residents and hesitation from officials, developers of a proposed $100 million motor speedway in Baltimore County have contacted economic development leaders in several Maryland localities and Illinois about moving the project.Joseph Mattioli III, top executive of Middle River Racing Association -- which two years ago introduced the Middle River proposal -- calls the move "due diligence, looking at other options in the region." Potential locations include Anne Arundel and Harford counties, as well as a city south of Chicago.
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | April 10, 1998
Determined to win over Anne Arundel County residents in its third try to find an uncontested site for a $100 million speedway, the Middle River Racing Association held a tightly formatted community meeting last night, highlighted by displays, tables of food and speakers.Its pitch was that a speedway would be a boon to the county and not a loud, polluting, traffic-generating bad neighbor.Some 400 residents and race fans turned out for the meeting in a Pasadena fire hall. By press time, opponents in the crowd had not yet been allowed time to ask their questions -- all to be funneled through a moderator -- and complained that the meeting was "too tightly controlled" and a "snow job."
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January 1, 1999
IF A BETTER site exists for a speedway in Anne Arundel County, it is as big a secret as the annual budget of the National Security Agency. By rejecting a site in Pasadena, Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens is implying that better locations can be found in the county for a 54,000-seat motor speedway.Yet if that's so, why didn't these sites surface earlier in Chesapeake Motorsports Development Corp.'s exhaustive, two-year search for a home for its racetrack?Ms. Owens, who took office in early December, is taking a gamble by starting the process all over again.
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By Staff report | June 5, 1991
Carroll drag racers stole the spotlight over the weekend with impressive performances.Two county drivers earned wild-card spots in the Bracket Finals this September at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa., thanks to their showing Saturday at 75-80 Dragway in Monrovia, Frederick County. That competition is the top National Hot Rod Association's Division I event for the northeast region.Erv Hare of Mount Airy drove his Chevrolet Nova to top honors in the Class I competition, and Mike Stambaugh of Union Bridge drove hisFord Fairmont to the Class II championship.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2013
In a former warehouse nestled deep in a Howard County industrial park, people are getting in touch with their inner Danica Patrick. Or Bart Simpson. Autobahn Indoor Speedway opened last month, introducing suburbia to the world of eye-popping, white-knuckle, lead-footed thrills that come from driving miniature race cars on miniature versions of the famous Monaco and LeMans courses. "Howard County is loosening its tie a little bit," said Bill Erskine, a land-use lawyer who loosened his neckwear and donned a crash helmet during last Thursday's business mixer, sponsored by the Howard County Economic Development Authority.
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By Kevin Leonard | November 27, 2012
Long before there was a Patuxent Greens Golf Course or Stewart Towers high rise building, a mammoth oval race track occupied that area of land off Route 197, near Route 198. Horse racing at Laurel Park racetrack had been ongoing since 1911, but in 1924 an idea was pitched to the public to construct the Baltimore-Washington Speedway, a new wooden track for auto racing. Promoters issued a slick brochure for potential investors, extolling the benefits of the enterprise and describing the proposed track and how investing in it worked.
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By Sandra McKee and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2012
Car owner Sarah Fisher knows what's going on. She has a young, rookie driver, who has yet to bag a Top 10 finish due to no fault of his own and caught the eyes of other car owners. She knows they may try to steal him away. "I know there are feelers out there," she said. "I take it as a compliment to me and [co-owner Wink Hartman] on our ability to spot the talent. Our job is to give Josef the fastest car with the best strategist we know. "We're making it a home for him. I'd be super surprised if he left us. He's contracted here for five years.
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February 1, 2012
DAYTONA, Fla. — Kentucky Speedway officials are trying to make nice after the horrendous parking snafus that plagued the Sprint Cup race there last June in Sparta, Ky. "We had a little traffic problem," Bruton Smith , chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc., said during the NASCAR Media Tour last week. "This time, we'll get it right. We'll never experience traffic problems like that again. We've taken ownership of the problem and we're fixing it. Whatever could go wrong probably went wrong as far as traffic was concerned.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2010
Last week's column on the now-demolished Dorsey Speedway brought out the stock car racing fans en masse, who e-mailed, sent letters or called over the past week. Even though the checkered flag has long been furled at these legendary tracks, readers recalled their fondness for the evening races at the Dorsey Speedway and Westport Stadium, where the racetrack atmosphere always reeked of exhaust, hot oil and grease, burnt rubber and the sounds of throaty, coughing engines barking into the early evening air, in anticipation of a possible win. All of this was mixed with the aroma of grilled hot dogs, kettles of corn-on-the-cob and chilled soft drinks, which anxious fans devoured during the evening's motorized thrills and chills.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2010
It's one of the more crackpot civic katzenjammers in recent years: How come the so-called cash-strapped city can find the $5.5 million needed to prepare streets for the Grand Prix next August, while officials resort to tambourine rattling to keep public swimming pools from closing? The three-day Grand Prix event to be held on a 2.4-mile course around the Inner Harbor and Camden Yards promises, the mayor and other officials say, to bring more than 100,000 people to the city and keep cash registers ringing.
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By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF | December 5, 1997
In an uncharacteristic blast at the Baltimore County executive, a state delegate from Essex says C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger has derailed plans for a $100 million NASCAR speedway by failing to negotiate in good faith with developers."
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By Stanley C. Dillon | December 15, 1991
Paul Crowl has just completed a season of ups and downs on the dirt late-model circuit.While not pleased with his 1991 performance, the season did end on a high note.Once the bugs had been worked out of his new equipment, Crowl finished the year with several good showings. Along with some new sponsors and the promise of more support, the Crowl racing team can't help but be excited about the prospects for 1992.Although Crowl did not race every week this year, he showed consistency. He raced at Potomac Speedway in Budds Creek (Charles County)
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May 20, 2007
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