Our View: The need for more speedway | CraigDailyPress.com

Our View: The need for more speedway

Although the stands and the roster of race car drivers haven’t been as full as they once were, the dirt track a town over at the Hayden Speedway continues to draw hundreds to thousands of spectators each Saturday night.

Likewise, the event attracts drivers and crews from around the area, as well as out of state.

The track is a source of entertainment for area residents, as well as economic development for Hayden.

To the Editorial Board, that’s an attraction, and more importantly, revenue, that’s flowing out of our area and into Routt County, when it doesn’t have to be.

An act of initiative on behalf of the city of Craig and Moffat County, and better yet, one of cooperation, could bring those people and their money to our community.

The Editorial Board believes the development of a racetrack in Craig offers enough potential economic development benefits that a project merits consideration from our local governments.

A track here would provide our community with another attraction, keep local dollars local, draw out-of-town revenue and provide another customer base for our retailers and restaurants.

A track wouldn’t be confined to activity in just the summer months, like the Hayden Speedway, either.

If it was properly funded, staffed and marketed, it could be used year-round, in such capacity as a track for snowmobile machines in the winter, for example.

Another economic development catalyst, and one that again is staring our community in the face, is better promotion of Craig and Moffat County as a venue for horse shows, sales and events.

There are millions of dollars out there in the horse industry, and yet our community, which has its own deep tradition in horses, sees very little of it.

Cars and horses, the present and past of American transportation, respectively, are two areas for economic development that are right in front of us here.

And the interest in cars and horses is in keeping with our community’s personality.

With the right blend of out-of-the-box thinking followed by action, Craig and Moffat County could receive a financial shot in the arm from two sources that it has a tradition in.

Of course, instances of out-of-the-box thinking and action, particularly when it comes to the combination of our local governments and economic development, are sometimes hard to come by.

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