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“Folk Racing” proposed for Fairgrounds

September 9th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

The Cumberland Times News reports two  local men are working to bring an alternative style of racing to the Allegany County Speedway. Corey McKenzie says he hopes to  bring folk racing to the track. The form of racing originated in Finland in the 1960's and is widely known throughout Europe. Race speeds rarely exceed 60 mph and the sport is less financially draining on both racers and promoters. Last month, Allegany County officials announced the possible elimination of the racetrack based on a recommendation by Convergence Design, an architectural firm based in Kansas City, Missouri, hired by the county to generate an economic blueprint for the fairgrounds. The firm suggested elimination of the half-mile track because it hasn't hosted a race in four years and doesn't generate revenue for the county. McKenzie and Corey Zinkhan saw the track's possible elimination as an opportunity to start the entry-level form of racing locally.

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