By Bob ConeyJEFFERSON, Iowa (May 22) – Tacky track conditions led to a fast night of action Sunday night at Raceway Park.The first of five IMCA divisions hit the track when the KISS 107 FM Sport Compact division headed out. Only one caution slowed the race at six laps to go with Luke Jackson holding onto the lead he took at the drop of the green flag. In the final dash to the checkered flag, it was Jackson taking the win followed by point leader Ramsey Meyer.The Car Quest IMCA Hobby Stocks ran clean for the first six laps of the feature until the first yellow of the evening brought the field together with pole sitter Mike Hanson leading Andy Hoffman, Craig Clift, Ron Jensen, and Dave Riley. A tangle on the restart took Hoffman and Riley out of contention. Hanson held on for his first win of the year followed by point leader Aaron Shearn.A.J. Boulware led the early laps of the MOPAR IMCA Northern SportMod feature until his uncle Todd Boulware made the pass for the lead with 10 laps remaining. In the closing laps, Todd Boulware and Kaleb Kennedy pulled away from the field to finish in that order.The Casey’s General Stores Stock Car feature was the wildest of the night. Mel Elsberry led the early portion of the race before the first caution came out with 11 laps remaining. The second restart saw Chris Mills complete his charge through the field, taking the lead within a lap. At the checkered flag, it was point leader Mills out front followed by ElsberryThe Total Motors Modified feature wrapped up the evening in grand style as defending track and national champion Chris Abelson powered from sixth to the lead in the opening two laps. A caution with 15 laps remaining brought the field together with Abelson out in front of Jason Schneiders, Jim Cole, Jim Thies, and Ricky Stephan.The field ran fast and clean over the final laps with the exception of point leader Justin Zeitner, who fell out of competition with six laps remaining due to mechanical issues. At the checkered flag, it was Abelson out front by a full straightaway over Thies.
ARC continues financial support for greyhound trainers during COVID-19 shutdown April 15, 2020 Share Following a consultation, Arena Racing Company (ARC) has confirmed that Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium will close down with employees of the track due to be made redundant.The closure of the Manchester track has been on the cards for some time after a Manchester Planning and Highways committee approved proposals to close Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium in December 2019, with the site expected to be used for housing.As a stadium that relies heavily on attendance, catering and hospitality, ARC stated that the national lockdown has had a ‘particularly negative effect on Belle Vue, with racing behind closed doors simply unable to sustain the business’.The development of the site will be overseen by Countryside Properties, and will see 247 new houses built, 14% of which will be allocated under an affordable housing scheme.Having been built in 1926, the infrastructure is synonymous with the Belle Vue area in East Manchester, and its closure is expected to result in approximately 200 jobs being lost.Commenting on the closure, Director of ARC’s Racing Division, Mark Spincer, said: “The closure of Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium has been an incredibly difficult one to make, especially given the history associated with the Stadium, but our consultation on options moving forward could not see a manner in which the business could support itself.“As stated previously, the effects of the national lockdown, alongside the significant uncertainty over when, and in what manner, crowds may be able to return has had a huge impact on Belle Vue in particular, given its reliance on public attendance.”“We will continue to provide welfare support payments to the remaining Belle Vue trainers, not currently racing at other stadia, until the end of September, and assist with any homing requirements during that time.“It goes without saying that we are very grateful to all of the staff at Belle Vue and everyone associated with the site for their hard work and loyalty over the years and throughout this process.” StumbleUpon Share ARC temporarily suspends ‘uneconomical’ Belle Vue meetings June 10, 2020 ARC limits COVID-19 impacts with financial support for greyhound trainers March 27, 2020 Related Articles Submit