Stateline Speedway owner Bill Catania Jr. has formed a lease agreement with Elegant Builders Raceway Park management and will promote and run the Lancaster-based track’s annual stock car U.S. Open Weekend, Sept. 19-21. Catania’s agreement covers only the U.S. Open at this time.
When Elegant Builders Raceway Park promoter Ralph Galluzzi announced earlier last week that he was canceling the stock car program for the remainder of the 2014 season due to “major financial problems,” it meant the U.S. Open was in serious jeopardy of not being run this season.
Also in danger was the annual Sunoco Race of Champions Modified Tour Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial, which was supposed to run last Saturday but was canceled.
The U.S. Open under Catania will feature various stock car divisions headlined by the Race of Champions in what will now be known as the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial Race at the U.S. Open 125.
Gordon Reger, owner of the Gunnville Road facility through his company Lancaster Properties LLC., last week disputed Galluzzi’s announcement. Reger said stock car racing will return to the park in 2015 and that Galluzzi will no longer be involved with the stock car program.
According to a source close to the situation, Catania is using the U.S. Open Weekend as a test to see if he wants to lease full time or buy the facility for 2015. Catania bought Stateline in May and has enjoyed huge success with car counts and fan attendance as well as a re-energized marketing and promotional campaign.