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11/12/2012 6:01:00 AM
Plans for Kingman motor sports park take shape
County zoners to consider permit; sand drags set for this weekend

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

Local motor sports fans may finally have a place to call their own. The Mohave County Planning and Zoning Commission will consider a zoning use permit request from the Lingenfelter family for a multi-purpose motor sports event center Wednesday.

The center will be located on 550 acres of land west of Route 66 and just north of Grace Neal Parkway.

"It's been 12 years of ups and downs to get to this point," said Brian Devincenzi, the president of the Route 66 Wings and Wheels organization.

The organization has tried to raise enough money over the years to purchase land and build a permanent race facility for street dragsters, sand drags, monster trucks and BMX bikes, he said.

"We just needed someone with the desire and the land to help us out and that's been the Lingenfelter family," Devincenzi said. "Now we can finally move forward on a permanent facility."

"The new facility will not only provide a new source of income to the community, but also a safe outlet for kids who don't have a passion for sports or band," he said.

"It'll get the street races off the streets. It'll be safer and more cost effective," Devincenzi said. "And maybe some of these kids will find out they want to become mechanics."

The construction of a sand drags racecourse is already in progress for the first races which are slated for this weekend, said John Kirby, the creative care marketing director for the Lingenfelter Center.

The first sand drag races at the site will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday under a special event permit. Route 66 Wings and Wheels has partnered with Fast Track Racing to put on the show. The gates open at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday with the test and tune. The elimination races start at 1 p.m. Sunday. The cost to enter is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 to 12 and children under 6 are free.

The track will only be temporary, Kirby said. Exact plans for where everything will go on the property have not been laid out yet.

The Planning and Zoning Commission meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: Roy Wellborn

The actual directions are as follows for the sand drags November 16th 17th and 18th.

From Kingman:
Route 66 to light at airport/industrial park turn left at light
Follow new black top/ road millings all the way to property.

Hope this helps all that want to attend.

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: wow wow

@proud kingmannite we have called kpd and mcso several times but considering several officers live in the area and one lives right beside one of the cars nothing ever gets done not even a patrol car to atleast make sure they dont kill a kid walking down the street

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: Glenn Bedford

They should make a road course track . Check Chuckwalla raceway I bet its a great revenue generator ..

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: JP been ready to race

This is great news super stoked our family has to drive out of town to Vegas to race ...can't wait ......this town needs this!!

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: G Ma

I'm almost afraid to be happy about this . Everytime something good might come to Kingman the City takes it away . I sure hope this is the real thing .

I haven't a clue where this is suppose to be . Can someone give some directions . ?

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Ready To RACE!!

Please, please have Kart racing there.
Driving to Vegas or Pheonix to race Karts really sucks.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Ready To RACE!!

I can't wait. Spreadin' the word to everyone I know.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: diehard racer

This process has really taken since 1986 when we started Smith City sand drags. It always seems like the track gets turned down. The old track by black bridge took five years to get approved. Thanks Wings and Wheels for all the hard work.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Proud Kingmanite

This is great! Glad we're getting something done to bring more family-friendly events to our little town. As long as they keep it affordable, accessible and have adequate amenities and security (unlike the county fair), I think it'll be a hit.

@ wow wow...have you ever made a call to KPD or MCSO? Nothing changes unless someone blows the whistle. Get their license plate numbers, and grab your camcorder and film them racing down your street. When they hit someone else and send them to the hospital or the morgue it'll be too late.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Down and Really Dirty

@ race fan -- That's an excellent suggestion. Plenty of class A effluent available from the new $35 million city wastewater plant at a dirt cheap price.

Might make a slick mix a race fan would die for. Oh, I think the Lingenfelters have already bought some -- could be your idea is already in the works?

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Rod Rosa

Good news! My family and I have been traveling out of town with our race cars to speed world and Vegas. Now we can stay home and race more often!

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: wow wow

yeah finally a place were the idiots in the red car , black and the yellow mustang can race around and hone their skills other than on the streets of central and airfeild

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: soundslike lotsafun

precise driving directions would be an asset to this article. Thank you!

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: race fan

I hope yall put in a mud pit, and open it up every other weekend, like speed world down in pheonix does. My entire family is totally excited about this news,

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