Randy Robbins, president of the BV county fair board, has good news for local auto racing fans: The dirt track in Alta won't be silent on Wednesday nights this summer after all.
Jeff Herrig of Wall Lake has agreed to be BV Raceway's next track promoter, succeeding Lee and Becky Meyer, who stepped down after six seasons last fall.
"The contract has been agreed on," Robbins said. "It's at the lawyer's office right now. Both parties are getting ready to sign it."
Herrig's father owns Cookies Bar "B" "Q" Sauce in Wall Lake.
"(Herrig) got fifth or sixth last year in Modified points at Alta, so he's familiar with running the track and so forth," said Robbins. "He's out looking for sponsors right now. He wants to make it a family deal. From what I've learned, he's very good. It's nothing but positives.
"Lee and Becky did a great job for six years, and I think we have somebody on board now that is very good, too."
Robbins said the arrangement started to materialize a couple months ago, and that Marshalltown Speedway promoter Toby Kruse played a hand in getting things off the ground.
Ticket prices will be $8 for adults and $2 for children, with pit passes costing $18, Robbins said.
"He has 20 races scheduled so far. His first is a test-and-tune on April 12," said Robbins. "The racing season will begin April 23, and is currently going through Aug. 27."
June 18 is a USMTS (United States Modified Touring Series) night, with NASCAR legend Kenny Wallace on hand.
A special night of racing is also planned for July 17, the opening night of the fair.