Gregg Kolbaba, president of Thunder Ridge Motor Sports Park, stands in April on the stock car track, which was under construction at the time. The track will host its first stock car race at 7:30 p.m. Saturday after inclement weather pushed back earlier dates.

Gregg Kolbaba, president of Thunder Ridge Motor Sports Park, stands in April on the stock car track, which was under construction at the time. The track will host its first stock car race at 7:30 p.m. Saturday after inclement weather pushed back earlier dates.

Start your engines: Craig track to host stock car races Saturday

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What: Thunder Ridge Motor Sports Park stock car races

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Thunder Ridge Motor Sports Park, located south of Craig

— Registration starts at $25 per racer and general admission is $10 per person

Thunder Ridge Motor Sports Park in Craig will host its first stock car race Saturday after bad weather pushed back earlier dates.

“(We) have been trying to get a race off and fighting the weather along the way,” track president Gregg Kolbaba said. “We are going to run the races no matter what this weekend. It looks like it is supposed to be nice, but even if it rains, we will get it done.”

The track was set to open at the end of June, but weeklong rain delayed construction.

The rain again postponed races scheduled for July 2 and 9.

“It wasn’t too wet to race, but it was too wet for me to prep the track and get anything done,” Kolbaba said. “Two weeks ago there was standing water and last week it rained Friday night before the race. (We) tried to get it finished but there wasn’t enough time.”

Kolbaba began construction on the track in December 2010 after acquiring the lease from the Moffat County Commission.

The park also includes a motocross track, which began running races in June.

The stock car races will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with four classes — hobby stock, super, modified and sports mod.

Registration starts at $25 per racers, with the faster classes costing extra.

If racers wish to have their performances count toward championship points, they must purchase a $140 track membership.

General admission costs $10. Bleachers are available, but spectators may bring their own chairs.

Kolbaba said he is hoping for 40 cars, but expects the first race to be a showcase for future racers.

“Because the track is brand new, I am not sure who will all show up, but I expect more out-of-town racers than locals,” he said. “I think a lot of locals will come out as spectators and after seeing we are up and going they will get fired up and get their cars out.”

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