Friday October 31, 2014




Lack of sponsorship kills sprint event

Comments

Estevan Motor Speedway has been forced to cancel the All-Star Circuit of Champions sprint car event for July 26.

EMS president James Gustafson said the association couldn’t find a major sponsor for the race, and that meant they didn’t have the financial wherewithal to bring it in.

“In order to run this race we definitely needed a sponsor and a fairly substantial sponsor.  We (told the sprint series) there’s no way we can handle it.”

The Speedway’s regular racing program will still run that night.

Gustafson said ASCOC officials had expected sponsorship to be no problem.

“They just thought with the series’ popularity that our businesses around here would jump at it, but they didn’t.”

He said the flood relief effort, and the effect of the disaster on local businesses, are likely the prime reasons.

“The focus turned away from racing to flood relief. A lot of these oil companies have had to lay people off because the weather has been so severe,” Gustafson commented.

“For them to focus on major sponsorship, they just couldn’t do it.”

He said the speedway couldn’t afford to bring in the sprints on their own, even if they filled the stands to the brim.

However, EMS did leave its deposit with the sprint series in hopes of hosting it in the future.

Had the sprint cars gone ahead, TSN was planning to send a crew to get footage of local racer Kyle Fedyk for Estevan’s bid in the Kraft Celebration Tour.


Comments

Comments


NOTE: To post a comment in the new commenting system you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, OpenID. You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Estevan Mercury welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Markets





LOG IN



Lost your password?