NASCAR rebukes Boardman Speedway developer

NASCAR has formally warned Racing Unlimited, the developer of the proposed Boardman Speedway in Washington state, not to connect the US stock car body with its US$500m project. NASCAR president Mike Helton complained of a media report describing the project as a "NASCAR-style speedway." RU's Stelian Onufrei said that his company had never tried to imply that it was sanctioned by NASCAR

NASCAR rebukes Boardman Speedway developer

In a tersely worded letter, Helton said: "Unfortunately, an article [in the local Tri-City Herald newspaper] incorrectly leaves the impression that NASCAR is affiliated in some capacity with your organisation and the speedway proposal. At this stage, it is critical that any interested parties understand that NASCAR has no affiliation with your company's proposal... and that NASCAR has made no commitments of any kind with respect to races at the track."

The Boardman plans call for a 1.95-mile oval with seating for up to 145,000 fans. Also included are a drag strip, office space, several restaurants, a 2500sq.ft arcade, a gift shop, 5000 camping sites, a 3500-space RV park and parking for 43,500 vehicles. A decision on planning consent will be given later this month

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