Afton Motorsports Park News Releases & Promoter Updates
Orlando FL. 3-23-17 - Former Nascar Truck series winner and 2012 rookie of the year Joey Coulter and C.A.R.S. Racing for a Cause Inc. will return to sponsor the kids club at the Afton Motorsports Park. Rick Bristol who is president of C.A.R.S. grew up in the Afton area as a kid and enjoys giving back to his hometown area. Joey and Rick sponsored a race event two years ago, then stepped up to sponsor the kids club last year. They visited the track two years ago together, then Rick attended last season and spent time with the kids.
Joey who is racing his second year on the World of Outlaws Dirt Late Model Series had this to say "I am excited to work together with Rick again this season to sponsor the kids club. We feel it is important as they are the future of our favorite sport and we need to give them things to get and keep them interested in racing. My schedule on the WOO series will keep me from being able to visit as we will race 60 or more events this year, but I enjoyed so much the visit two years ago, and really like the speedway. I wish the new management success and I am glad to be able to help."
"Joey and I are glad to be able to once again help sponsor the kids club, It will be called the Joey Coulter Kids Club. Our efforts are to bring awareness to our charity foundation C.A.R.S. Racing for a Cause Inc. that assists children and families facing serious and terminal illness. This is our 12th and final year, to date we have been able to help in some way 30 families and have distributed over $275,000.00 to help with medical bills and other needs. I hope to work out a date I can make it there this year, I will be coming to NY 3 times already scheduled, we will see if I combine any date to attend. We will send up autographed photo cards for the kids and also some color pages and other possible items. We hope the kids club will grow and make things fun for the kids" stated Bristol.
Ronnie Ford and Leon Andrus are so glad to have the Kids Club back under the banner of Joey Coulter and to help bring awareness to the great charity foundation known as C.A.R.S. When the date is secured for the raffle and helmet pass night as mentioned below we will let you know and ask you to give as much as possible as he benefits the children. In reality just what we want the entire Kids Club to be to bring a smile to all their faces.
C.A.R.S. will hold a raffle and helmet pass night during the season, a date is being worked on and will be announced. More info on C.A.R.S. can be found at www.carsevents.com and on Joey Coulter at www.joeycoulter.com.
First off let's get you all acquainted with us. We are Ronnie Ford and Leon Andrus and are the new promoters of Afton Motorsports Park, formally known as I-88 Speedway located on the Afton Fairgrounds. We are ready to get started and are working hard to secure sponsors and working on a full race schedule that will be official around the end of January.
Image © SJS PhotoRon Ford - Ron spent his school years attending local racing as often as he could and got the thrill of the sport that continues to burn today. Ford raced in a couple of different divisions at most of the area tracks with quite a bit of success, but for the most part right here in his hometown, Afton. From 2010 until 2014 Ford co-promoted with Jamie Page before leaving that partnership for some personal reasons. The opportunity has arisen to get back at the track that he loves with a different partner, Mr. Leon Andrus.
In the 2016 race season Ford got back into being a head flagger at former I-88 Speedway as well as nearby Thunder Mountain Speedway. Ford has held that job and other various jobs in the past at the speedway and has a good understanding of the equipment needed to run the track and the knowledge to operate said equipment.
For the past couple of years Ford has traveled to many different dirt tracks as an official for Brett Deyo's highly successful Short Track Super Series (STSS). Ford always takes special interest at the tracks he visits to the track prep as he believes in the theory that you just might learn something new.
Image © SJS PhotoLeon Andrus - Leon spent his entire childhood every Saturday night at Five Mile Point Speedway. He started driving packer cars at the track at 18 and from there has done about all the jobs an official can hold at a race track at various facilities to learn the different aspects of those jobs. A goal of his has been to promote a race or a race track for the past 20 years.
Andrus has attended over 100 different race tracks since receiving his driver's license at 17 along as working Friday and Saturday nights at one of the area tracks for the past 40+ years. The past twenty has found him behind the microphone calling the races. As like Ford, Andrus has been an official on the highly successful (STSS).
Our goal for the current facility is to continue the prestige that Page and Ford and later Page and wife Denise have brought to the pristine fairgrounds oval. We plan to continue with the upkeep of the grounds and facility.
Our biggest goal is to concentrate on getting some more clay down on the speedway and to improve the vision for both the fans and drivers alike. We will be running the premier division known as the Modified division third for the feature to aid in the theme of being a good neighbor to the community as this division is the loudest. We believe that less dust and a quicker program will produce more competition, friendlier neighbors and more success for them and neighboring businesses. Mike Ford, Ronnie's brother will be a very helpful assistant for the track prep and taking care of any problems arising with the grounds.
We plan to get the younger generation involved more by more enhancing the Kid's Club. We will be heavily involved in community events to promote the town and the speedway, including the annual parades here in Afton and surrounding communities.
Racing will be contested on Friday nights starting at 7:00pm sharp and will consist of Modified, Open Sportsman, Crate Sportsman, Street Stocks and Four Cylinder Trucks. There will be some traveling series throughout the season; most notable is the Short Track Super Series for two events. Additionally, the 305 CRSA will make three stops and a huge Vintage Palooza is in the works for July.
We hope to see you all in 2017 and also if you would like to see your business featured at the track just get ahold of Ron or Leon.