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It’s the end of an era. Lorain County Speedway has been owned by the Bonnema family since 1990 first with the late Nick Bonnema, then in the fall of 1997 with Kevin Bonnema. The 3/8th mile asphalt oval in South Amherst was sold last Wednesday October 24, 2018. As one chapter ends, another begins. Kevin Mileti is the new owner of Lorain County Speedway and there are already plenty of plans being drawn up that will result in a wow factor when Lorain County Speedway opens and the 2019 racing season starts.
Mileti has been involved in racing since high school and was a tire specialist for Goodyear Racing with NASCAR from 2006 – 2008. Most recently, Mileti has been involved with Monster Trucks for the last seven years and owns the “Screamin’ Demon.” Mileti is currently building a new Monster Truck that will be giving rides to as many as ten people. It’s safe to say that Monster Trucks will be a presence at Lorain County Speedway next season as a two day show with up to ten Monster Trucks is being planned. The 2019 racing season will feature the Modifieds, the Crate Sprint Cars, the Street Stocks (formerly the Grand Nationals) and Front Wheel Drive Cars. Todd Bachman will be the new track operations manager. Former driver Jim Blagg has already been named as Race Director. Blagg wants to put together a good rules package that will also save the drivers some money.
Racing could possibly be on a bi-weekly basis or run three weeks out of the month. Races that are rained out on Saturdays could be made up on Sundays. Mileti wants the drivers to be safe and have fun and hopes to have full fields of cars in the pit area. Other attractions under consideration include school bus races and demolition derbys. Prices will be kept affordable for the upcoming season.
Many improvements are already on the drawing board starting with the development of a Lorain County Speedway app and a redesigned website. The handicap ramp will be improved. The catch fence on the front straightaway is also getting a complete make over. The much hoped for family section of grandstands should also become a reality. Fans who have been wanting Lorain County Speedway merchandise will finally be able to have some next season.The pit return road will be reconfigured and the wall behind turns one and two will be pushed back. Safety for drivers and fans will be a top priority.