After sitting silent for all but a pair of dates on the 2013 calendar, Ontario’s Kawartha Speedway has released a tentative schedule of eight events to be run during 2014.
Operating under the promotional umbrella of Lindsay, Ontario's Andrew McFadden, the track will split the agenda equally between Friday night and Sunday afternoon shows. McFadden says putting things back on 'track' for the popular 3/8th mile Fraserville, Ontario oval has been a little overwhelming.
"The internet rumour mill was unavoidable. Once word got out that we were working with the Kawartha Downs people, everyone started talking," said McFadden.
"We read all of the comments and tried to come up with the best possible combinations. You're never going to make everyone happy, but I think by taking a step back and looking at what we're calling a 'Grassroots Racing' operation, we'll help bring the facility back to what made it so popular with drivers, teams and spectators in the first place."
Fans will get their first chance to meet the new promotional team at the annual Canadian Motorsports Expo - February 7, 8 & 9 - at the International Centre in Toronto.
A spring driver's meeting and race team registration session will take place Sunday, February 23. There will also be an operational overview, race procedure and team marketing presentation at the same meeting. Further details, including a location and time will be announced at a later date.
Although the announced schedule is tentative and subject to revisions, on-track activity is set to get underway with registration and an open practice session for all classes Friday, May 16.
The first Friday of racing - with Late Model, Thunder Car, Mini Stock, 4-Fun and Legend divisions - is June 6. The first of three consecutive Sunday afternoon events - with the same classes - is scheduled for Father's Day, June 15 and highlighted by a unique Call of the Wild 'Animal Run' run what you brung exhibition.
All shows will include open classic car cruise nights and Kawartha-Durham Kart Club demonstrations will be part of the program on a number of occasions.
Andrew McFadden says he is pleased to have a number of Kawartha Speedway staff returning to the track's latest incarnation and hopes to have a solid team of enthusiastic personnel on hand for the entire campaign.
"This track earned its positive reputation in the motorsports community by having the best possible people staffing every position," said McFadden. "I've been in touch with as many of the former line-up as possible and I think we'll have an excellent team in place for when the first green flag flies."