Baer Field Speedway regrets to announce, that it plans to suspend weekly go-kart racing for the 2014 season. The weekly stock car and drag racing programs will continue as scheduled.
This decision will apply for both the pavement and dirt tracks.
“Last season, we attempted to continue the policy of running simultaneous, Saturday night programs on both the stock car track and the dirt track for go-karts,” said Speedway Promoter Jon Raney. “The problem is (that because of the layout of the facility) the pit area for the go-karts and the parking lot for the stock car fans is essentially the same piece of real estate. While this was rarely a problem before, the increased crowds we saw in 2013 meant that neither the go-karters nor the stock car fans were happy with this arrangement. With the anticipation that those crowds will continue to grow in 2014, it makes continuing the ‘two-shows-in-one’ idea impossible. We looked at relocating the go-kart pits to the west side of the dirt track, but the current lack of infrastructure in that area makes such a move impractical at this time.”
“From the day I first thought about taking over as the promoter for Baer Field, my goal was to return the facility back to the prominence it once held in the region and to make it one of the top spectator attractions in Fort Wayne,” said Raney. “From a business standpoint, any plan to make that a reality, begins and ends with the weekly Saturday night stock car program. Our goal for 2014, is to work on both streamlining the length and maximizing the entertainment value of that program.”
“With Short Track Drag Racing moving to its new Friday night home, the only option left for go-karts, would have been to run Sunday afternoons. To attempt to run three straight nights, every weekend, is something we feel would be too big a stress on our staff; too big a stress on the facility itself; and too much of a draw on the resources needed to build up the Friday and Saturday night programs. We do hold out the possibility of some special events being added to the schedule and will work to have everything in place for a return to a regular schedule in 2015.”
“We would like to thank the karting community for their years of support and send out best wishes and best of luck for 2014!