The team behind The ’Burg Speedway has the green flag to launch stock car racing Sunday nights at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds this spring and summer.
The County Board on Thursday (Jan. 16) voted unanimously to approve a one-year contract with the Kewaunee County Racing Association (KCRA), which plans to hold 12 nights of racing this year.
“We plan to be good stewards to the racetrack; we plan to be good neighbors to the village residents; we want to restore the racetrack to its former glory,” said Joe Orsini, who has been serving as the spokesman for the five-person board that established the KCRA after the previous promoter bowed out this fall. “The past few years, the track has seen some hard times, and we want to do our best to improve that. Years ago Luxemburg Speedway was one of the premier racetracks in the state – people would plan summer trips to go to the races there – and we to bring that back, we want to do our part to bring people into the community.”
The county stands to earn $1,500 per night in rental fees. The contract is similar to agreements with past race organizers with a few tweaks, Corporation Counsel Jeff Wisnicky told the board.
Supervisor Tom Cretney said the group made a good impression when they met with the county Promotion & Recreation Committee last month.
“If enthusiasm carries them through, I’m sure they will do well,” Cretney said.
Organizers are planning an information meeting for drivers, fans, and potential sponsors at 11 a.m. Feb. 8 during the Luxemburg Racing Show in the Fairgrounds Exhibition Building, 625 Third St., Luxemburg. They’re hoping to kick off the season with a practice night at the track May 10.
Photo: The ’Burg Speedway organizer Joe Orsini addresses the Kewaunee County Board Thursday evening (Jan. 16).