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12/4/2012 6:01:00 AM
New motorsports center plans move into the fast lane
JOHN KIRBY/Courtesy
Nick Schultzman sends dirt flying as he takes off at the Fast Track Racing Sand Drags event Nov. 16 – 18. The race was held north of town on a piece of property owned by the Lingenfelter family. The County Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of a zoning use permit at its Nov. 14 meeting. The Board of Supervisors will take up the issue at its Dec. 3 meeting.
JOHN KIRBY/Courtesy
Nick Schultzman sends dirt flying as he takes off at the Fast Track Racing Sand Drags event Nov. 16 – 18. The race was held north of town on a piece of property owned by the Lingenfelter family. The County Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of a zoning use permit at its Nov. 14 meeting. The Board of Supervisors will take up the issue at its Dec. 3 meeting.

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter


Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to start your engines - the Mohave County Board of Supervisors approved a zoning use permit for a motorsports center north of Kingman Monday.

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

"That's awesome," said John Kirby, the creative care marketing director for the Lingenfelter Center.

"We've been talking to several different promoters and are already working on filling in the calendar for 2013."

Exact plans for where everything will go at the Route 66 Motorsports Park have not been laid out yet, he said.

"We were being cautiously optimistic that the Board would approve it," he said. "Now we can get started on the really solid plans."

The ideal plan would have space for several racetracks for high-speed dragsters, sand drags, motocross, BMX and even some equestrian events, he said.

But for right now, they're focusing on getting a viewing tower for race monitors at the start line and getting water to the location.

"We're going to need a lot of water," Kirby said.

The plan is to use treated wastewater from the city of Kingman's nearby wastewater treatment plant so the facility doesn't have to use as much drinking water.

"We just need a delivery system," he said.

Ken Larson from Fast Track Racing is ready to start building. Fast Track and Route 66 Wings and Wheels put on the first sand drags race at the property last month.

Fast Track already has a full schedule of sand drags races set up.

The first race will be at the end of March, Larson said.

"We've been trying for 12 years to get a place," he said. "The dirt at the facility is perfect. I really expect to see some records set."

The organization has gotten a lot of local support and is hoping to hold three national events at the new facility which should bring in a big chunk of change for the local economy, Larson said.

He pointed to the two races that were held at the fairgrounds a few years ago. He estimated the two events brought in around $30,000.

Paul Schupp of Precision Automotive said he's already got plans drawn up for three courses on 20 acres of the property - a scramble car course, a rock crawl and an obstacle course for four-wheel drive vehicles.

He's also looking at putting in a short course and three tracks for motocross events on a separate 20 acres - a peewee course, a pro course and an intermediate course.

"I'm just waiting for the motocross guys to get back to me with their design," he said.

"I told them, 'We're going to be working at a run for the next couple of months.'"

Schupp hopes to get the motocross tracks done within the next few months so that they can start holding practices and events as soon as possible.

"This is all about the community. We want people to stay in Kingman. We want to give the kids something to do," he said.

"The Lingenfelter family and John Kirby have been phenomenal. I can't thank them enough."

"But we're not leaving the fairgrounds behind. I don't want people to think that," he said.

Schupp's plan is to create a competitive series of events between the two locations to drive more traffic to the Kingman area.

However, Schupp's going to need some help to get the tracks up and running.

"We're looking for anyone who wants to donate time or services," he said.

You can contact Schupp at (928) 716-0738.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

Isn't it something when something that may turn out to be a good thing in Kingman the lefties crawl out from under their rocks and condemn it. All they want is for obumer to send them their checks...and free stuff.
As for pricing, a long time ago when I was involved with a school dist. in California (ugh) we thought if we raised the prices of our local foot ball teams games we would make a lot more money....consequently half the people came to our games. We lowered the prices drastically and filled our stadium every game..
I wish the left would consider that when all they can think about is raising taxes....it don't work!


Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Article comment by: david stidham

hi kingman and race fans,I'm from Vegas I drive the grinch jeep.I really enjoyed the first race,everyone had there heart in it,and did there best,the las Vegas group support you and appreciate all the hard work involved.I spent money in you're town,and gassed up my coach,glad to help local economy out.I will be back thank you very much.

Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Article comment by: wannarace moore

ignore the wawas and build it.thanks to the lingenfelters and all those who never gave up while most of us,and we know who we are sat back,raced once a year downtown,and complained cause we aint never gonna have a track here.cant wait for pavement now.if the naysayers will come and check it out,they will run back to their garage and build something.dont need to be a rich kid to race bracket style.wheeeee.

Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Article comment by: Don Norton

Regarding the new racing facility provided by the Lingenfelter family, I have offered my services as an experienced racer on a temporary basis until the program gets fully under way. As for the politically liberal detractors, why don't they move back to where they came from? If they don't like the desert and associated activites, why are they here?
Don Norton


Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: marvin shaw

Sounds like a good idea to me, the last fairgrounds race I went to was so dry and dustblown that I left after watching a few races. A real disappointment as I had driven over 120 miles to be there. Good luck and to the non-believers, when was the last time you attended 1 of these events?

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: justanobody sr

So glad to see this happening!
to all you whiners, Please stay home and do not ruin it for everyone else.
Thank you Lingenfelter family !!


Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Avg Joe

Someone once said... "build it and they will come". I know I'll be there to support, watch and participate. WOO-HOO!

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Your Dreaming

@ Proud Kingmanite

" It MUST be kept affordable (under $10/ticket) to be manageable for most people to attend and kids under 12 should get in free-after all...it is for the kids, right?"

Your kidding right! I wouldn't be surprised if they really jacked up the prices. They need to make money fast. As far as "not just for rich kids", it is just for rich kids that can afford to participate in the events. It's not going to fail, but they will take advantage of Kingmanites by trying to boost their bank accounts quickly.


Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: John Armstrong

This a great step in the right direction in putting Kingman more on the map as a tourist destination for motor sports on the rise.

I do believe the community needs to be made aware of how much this will and will not help.

1. How long is the season for BMX and motor sports?
2. How many permanent full-time jobs will be created?
3. How soon can the new site get on the X Games, professional and youth circuits?
4. How about tie-ins to PCC and local schools' mechanic training programs?
5. How will the community handle the extra traffic and security needed?

Hope to see answers soon.


Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: WTG Kingman

AWESOME!! So great to keep the fun in Kingman..... Way To Go Lingenfelter Family, we need a place that families can go and enjoy events together... and a place that isn't regulated so harshly as the Mohave County Fairground association! Can't wait to see the 2013 Calendar of events, you can bet our family will be there throughout the year!

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Thanks You Lingenfelters

A huge Thank You to the Lingenfelter group for providing some much needed entertainment in Kingman. Races are fun for all ages and relatively inexpensive for a full day of fun and adventure.
To the nay sayers: you , most likely, wouldn't attend races or anything else so stop being so BITTER and negative. I think everyone will be amazed at the turn outs at these races.
Thank you!


Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Proud Kingmanite

Wow...a lot of party-poopers and naysayers out there.

Can't please everyone all the time, I guess.

The truth is, this isn't just a "rich kids" sport as one of the commenters said. A LOT of middle-class families (and some in the lower-income bracket) enjoy these types of events and even more people enjoy coming to SEE the event, who maybe don't have a-dog-in the-fight, but just want to take in the sights, sounds and smells of a race.

I'm thrilled and think it's a great addition to the area. I will be there on opening day and many dates to come. The MAIN thing I would be concerned about...the prices. It MUST be kept affordable (under $10/ticket) to be manageable for most people to attend and kids under 12 should get in free-after all...it is for the kids, right?


Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Patty Lash

I grew up going to racing and was not rich at all @ "Must Be Sheltered" yes it can be expensive but does not have to be. People don't realize Kingman has NOTHING for family fun I know my grown kids with kids will be there a lot with their kids. How many will die well you can die slipping getting out of a bath so should we not take a bath. Really they will require safety equiptment. you are likely one that wants to be rid of Football too as people get hurt there too. Really think about it, this is something people do anyways they just go to race out of town this will save them money and bring money to Kingman. I support it 100%


Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Sand Drag Watcher

As the bird flies, I live a couple of miles from this new track. We went on Sunday and even though they didn't have a lot going on that day, it was still great to be there.
It is my understanding that on Saturday a record may have been broken and the whole time the drags were going on, we could NOT hear them at my house.
My family is so excited to have this complex going up near us.
I did get a couple of videos and will try to get them up on YouTube in the next couple of days. My user name is TheNaymama.
Congratulations to not only Kingman, but the whole County also, this is a win-win situation for everyone.


Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: J P

Wonderful news! Thank you Lingenfelter family and everyone else involved, from financing this, coordinating events, building the facility etc. About time Kingman provided more activities here.
Too bad for whatever reason the fairgrounds has gone to waste. When I was a child there were alot of events going on there. Located in the middle of town was nice. Now it is a eye sore. Please get it together and provide more activities there too. And clean the place up.


Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Must Be Sheltered

"This is all about the community. We want people to stay in Kingman. We want to give the kids something to do," he said.

Exactly what are the kids suppose to do out there? Who are they targeting? The rich privileged kids. How many youth will die going to and from this place? Just another plan by conservatives to line their pockets some more on the back of the less fortunate.


Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Nick Schmidt

How many permanent full-time jobs
are going to be created there ?
Who remembers the original meaning of "sport" ? It was physical exercise of the British upper class which did not work physically. What will be the impact
of noise ? What kind of spectators
will it attract in terms of spending
power ? Who's eyes are hurt by
looking to unspoiled, undeveloped
desert ? "Investor's" eyes.


Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: just me

Isn't this all wonderful news. The young and the old can have a fun function. Go for it big time.put everything you can out there.this might just be the beginning of a lot of activities out there...........

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Brian Thrasher

This is great news.We went to the sand drags and enjoyed it.Can't wait for more racing.We live about 3 miles north west and can see the track from our front porch.Thanks to all who made this possible!!!!



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