County agree to one-year extension
After weeks of speculation, the racing community has an answer for the
2013 season at the Jackson Speedway: promoter Jon McCorkell and the
racing committee of the Jackson County Commissioners have verbally
agreed to a one-year extension on the McCorkell’s current lease of the
Speedway. The decision was made at their annual season wrap-up meeting
“There are some details that will need to get ironed out and the deal
will need to get voted on by the full board of commissioners of Jackson
County,” McCorkell said, “but we are all on the same page so I don’t
think there will be any problems. The commissioners have always been
very open-minded and very easy to work with.”
With the current state of the racing industry still feeling the effects
of the economic slow-down, racing promoters across the country have been
working hard to keep the numbers of racers at all levels, as well as
fans, at levels that will continue to support auto racing.
The situation is no different at Jackson Speedway, according to
“I think one of our biggest challenges going into the 2013 season will
be to try and keep our sprint car numbers up,” McCorkell said. “We are
certainly going to be running sprint cars and all of our IMCA classes as
However, there will undoubtedly be some changes to the racing program
for the 2013 season.
“We will certainly be running some 360 sprint shows (and likely some 410
shows) – I’m just not sure exactly the frequency. We may not run 360
sprints every single week. We may try and set up more Friday/Saturday
double header shows, as they seem to work better to pull in some
traveling teams. I would guess we are looking at 12 to 18 shows between
Jackson and some traveling shows for next year,” McCorkell said.
For the 305 sprint car class, McCorkell is also unsure what path to take
for next season.
“There seems to be a lot of tracks looking hard at the Racesaver program
that IMCA has put together. I guess we will see how many other tracks
are going to go this route and try and see what will work the best for
Jackson Speedway,” McCorkell said. “Will this class survive? I am not
sure yet. But, be assured, we are going to run the 305 sprints at our
season-ending September 29 show.”
McCorkell also noted another thought with regards to sprint cars might
be going back to the inverted point average to determine lineups for
One new possibility for the 2013 season could involve the construction
of a mini-sprint track in the infield of the speedway. By doing so, this
could involve moving part or all of the current infield pits to the
outfield pits off of turn one.
McCorkell is sure that the Speedway’s IMCA classes, the sport compacts,
hobby stocks, sport modifieds and stock car classes will not see much
changes, as they have all run well through the past seasons.
“As far as a lot of the promotions that we have been running, such as
our Spring Nationals, last week’s Bike Night and the like, I would
expect we will keep building up some of these special events, just like
we have been doing the past several years,” McCorkell said.