Deal In Works Could Reopen Adirondack Speedway
The Adirondack Speedway has been closed since 2009, but a vote by the New Bremen town board could bring the so-called “screamin'” back to New Bremen.
Monday night's vote is to formally agree upon a tax assessment value for the speedway property.
Paul Lyndacker, the owner of the speedway, and Sam Yancy will be part of the management team. They say they closed the facility in 2009 because they couldn’t afford the taxes.
“Paul Lyndacker says the taxes went from about $9,500 per year for his land and school in 2003 to $95,000 a year in 2004,” Yancy said.
When the Adirondack Speedway was open from 2001 to 2009, the track scheduled around 22 races per year. The speedway also hosted eight NASCAR regional races.
Lyndacker says if he opens the track again, he is confident he can get the same events he had before.
“We told them that we would close because we couldn’t stand our taxes, they were too much for our facility. They were very disappointed,” he said.
Lyndacker says reopening the track is a great opportunity for the area. It seats just over 5,000 and he employed around 45 people on a race night. It’s not that that he is worried about
“I am not worried about the management of Adirondack. I am not worried about how we run it. I am worried about the excruciating taxes they had on us that killed us.”
Lyndacker didn’t want to put a time table about when he wanted to open the track if the board members vote on his favor on Monday night. The supervisor declined to comment on the issue.
Thursday, May 23, 2013, Watertown, NY
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