Frontier Sports Park to open as Sports Park Raceway under new management

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January 4, 2017

The raceway formerly known as Frontier Sports Park, will reopen under new management for the 2017 race season. Sports Park Raceway, located at 2298 South River Road, will be ready for racing action in 2017 under the direction of Jason Vansickel, Marty Pringle, & Dave Doughty.

Jason Vansickel, new track promoter/manager—and Webster City local, has seen nearly 40 years of racing and has thick family ties to the racing community as well. In ’99 he built a car and started racing—having now earned experience in Econo Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Late Models and most currently, stock cars. From 2014-2016 he served as the track manager/promoter at the Hamilton County Speedway. Jason says, “I look forward to making the speedway the place to be on Sunday nights.”

Marty Pringle, from Otho, has been involved in the racing community for 50+ years. He is a second-generation stock car driver and has raced, promoted and flagged at several central Iowa figure 8 tracks. Marty has also been part of the Ryan Griffith late model race team for many years. He is a racing historian and spends his time restoring and collecting vintage race cars and other racing memorabilia. As the current president of the Iowa Hall of Fame and Racing Museum, Inc. he and the Board of Directors are in the process of finding a permanent location for a museum to share the history of Iowa racing with race fans from all over the Midwest.

Dave Doughty, a Fort Dodge native, began his racing career in 1981 and continued racing through the 2010 season. Along the way he’s met a lot of great people and developed close ties with many in the racing community. With a vision of what Sports Park Raceway can become, Dave is excited to work alongside Marty and Jason to try and bring the speedway to its full potential. “I know with hard work, dedication and the support of the fans, drivers and the area businesses, we can make this track something we are all proud of.”

Management will not be the only change race fans see this season; weekly racing in Fort Dodge will take place on Sunday nights. The 2017 season will begin with “Test & Tune” dates on April 23rd and April 30, 2017. Weekly racing at Sports Park Raceway will begin on May 7th and run through July 30th 2017. Sports Park Raceway, although not sanctioned, will run IMCA racing rules.

Sports Park Raceway is a ½ mile semi-banked oval dirt track located just south of Fort Dodge. Anticipated classes include Sport Compacts, Hobby Stocks, Sport Mods, Stock Cars, Modifieds, and Late Models.

For any questions, please contact Jason Vansickel at (515) 835-9686. Please find Sports Park Raceway on Facebook and at www.sportsparkraceway.com.