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Parks takes wheel of Claremont track schedule

Valley News Correspondent
Published: 11/13/2019 10:24:08 PM
Modified: 11/13/2019 10:24:00 PM

CLAREMONT — Mike Parks has always loved the paved, ⅓-mile Claremont Motorsports Park oval, whether he was there as a fan, a competitor or an event manager.

Now Parks, 57, is taking another step at the track he calls “home” and will manage it for a full season under a lease agreement with the owners, Ben Bosowski and Norman Wrenn, who bought the track in 2018.

“It was something I always had a desire to do; I was able to put it together with Ben and Norm,” Parks said last week. “All the staffing and scheduling will be on me going forward. I think this is pretty exciting. It is a great opportunity.”

In addition to a full lineup of different classes, Parks, of Walpole, N.H., will bring his Granite State Pro Stock Series to the facility.

Although the first day of racing — planned for late April — is several very cold months away, Parks said he is working full-time to get everything in place for opening night.

“We want to continue to build on what Ben and Norm did there,” Parks said.

Parks said he has a tentative schedule lined up and expects to release it soon.

He said Modifieds will race every other week, and he wants to bring back the Mini Stock class to go with Street Stocks and Late Model Sportsmen along with Six Shooters and Pure Stocks.

Parks and MDP Motorsports promotions reached the agreement with the owners at the end of the most recent racing season.

Bosowski said it was a “successful” first year but, not knowing what to expect in terms of the demographics, he kept things simple for the Friday night races.

“I know Mike and we have run his tour at the track,” Bosowski said. “I know he loves Claremont, so he approached me about leasing the track.”

In a news release, Bosowski and Wrenn said leasing Claremont will give them more time to devote to two other tracks they own in southern New Hampshire.

Parks also said he will push the start time of the races back to 7:30 p.m., with the goal of having everyone heading home by 10:30.

“We want to run an efficient, fast-paced program that fans look forward to watching week in and week out,” Parks said in the news release.

Parks said his staffing needs are 98% filled with a mix of current employees and new ones.

The Granite State Pro Stocks open the racing on April 25, with a full slate of races scheduled for May 1.

Parks hopes to speak to other groups about visiting tours and said Claremont will participate in the NHSTRA (New Hampshire Short Track Racing Association) Battle for the Belt series.

There will also be a go-kart track, mud bog pit and sand drag track, all of which Parks will control next year and will be planning events for their operation.

Patrick O’Grady can be reached at pogclmt@gmail.com.




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