Ron Rodda

YUMA, Ariz. – It took up until virtually completion of December for Canyon Speedway Park to discover a brand-new marketer, yet the track will certainly function this period with Dave and also Penny Craft at the helm.

The Crafts live simply 25 mins from the desert oval that is handled by Doug Gabbard, that will certainly run the complicated while the Craft family members run the oval for the following 2 years.

The factor for simply 2 years is that Gabbard has actually 2 years left on his existing one decade lease of the residential or commercial property. The Crafts are taking control of the track while Gabbard still has the lease.

Dave Craft is a job supervisor for Swisslog Logistics in Virginia and also his better half is a complete companion in the advertising obligations. Dave Craft debts his better half with dealing with the social media sites element of their endeavors, something he understands is essential and also has no time at all himself to attend to.

There won’t be much time to prepare yourself as in regarding 3 weeks the Winter Challenge will certainly be held throughout 2 successive weekend breaks at Canyon, with method on Friday, complied with by Saturday and also Sunday mid-day auto racing.

While one could assume that brand-new marketers would certainly be bewildered at the suggestion of preparing the track in such a brief time, the Crafts are not brand-new to the race course video game.

Dave Craft transferred to Arizona when he was 20 to chase after an auto racing profession, choosing the Grand Canyon state as a result of environment and also the variety of auto racing in the state. He ran a customized throughout Arizona and also, in his words, “I did that for way too long.” He ultimately obtained wed, had children and also ended up being a marketer.

“It was 2019 when I went to help a racing friend who had always helped me, and he was located in Nebraska,” Dave Craft stated. “When I was there they were talking about the track in North Platte closing. Our family talked it over and I can work remotely, so we threw our names in the hat and we were able to win the promoter lease agreement.”

The Crafts were back in Arizona when they listened to that Doug was seeking some aid at Canyon. An arrangement was gotten to and also Canyon will certainly proceed competing with Nebraska marketers, at the very least part-time in the Midwest.

“My heavy racing in Nebraska is May through August and here in the valley it is September through March. My wife and a son are full-time with this,” Doug Craft stated. “I want to build a key core of racing events that people will put on their calendar.”

The brand-new advertising group is heading right into an extremely hectic year, yet the excitement for auto racing and also with adequate experience to comprehend what requires to be done, Canyon Speedway Park will certainly sign up with Lincoln County Speedway in the Craft profile.