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Racing returns to Tucson Speedway

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The roar on the track is back at Tucson Speedway near the Pima County Fairgrounds.

It has been more than a year since the rubber hit the pavement. Tonight, race cars were back on the track for the grand opening.

It took more than five months to get the track back to racing condition. Keith Ames and John Lashley had a vision of restoring the track to it's glory days.

In March of last year, the two men reached out to Pima County about the speedway. They got the green flag to restore and fix the place this past October.

Things were so bad, the race surface had two-foot cracks in some places. The grandstands were beat up pretty bad. Ames and Lashley had workers repaint and re-pave the track. Also the grandstands were replaced, along with food and merchandise stands.

The group that is running the facility has put over $300,000 in the speedway. They have also put money back into the Tucson economy. They hired local contractors and workers to help them bring the raceway back.

The drivers have noticed a change in the facility.

"It used to be mismanaged and run-down. It seems to be lot better," said racecar driver JD White.

The races will be on the first and third of the month in April and May. There will be just one race in June.

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