New management excited about people that have come on board for 2012
DONNELLSON, Iowa (Feb. 14, 2012) – With new management in any business comes change in many positions, that is no different for Lee County Speedway, which has been working throughout the offseason to put together a very strong team for 2012.
The final piece to the big four of the puzzle came together this week, as Promoter Dewain Hulett landed an announcer for the upcoming season.
Ryan Clark has agreed to come on board for the 2012 season as the track’s weekly announcer. Clark is a respected member of the racing scene in Iowa, and also works at Independence Motor Speedway. He has announced for the Corn Belt Clash Late Model series and was a co-master of ceremonies for the IMCA National Banquet.
“We are very happy to have Ryan come on board for this season,” LCS Promoter Dewain Hulett said. “Obviously with me having announced the last four years, it was a position I was concerned about filling, but luckily we have found a fantastic man for the job.”
Another popular name in the local racing scene will take to the flagstand in 2012, as Kevin Eggleston will take over the duties as flagman this season. Eggleston has been a long-time flagman at Scotland County Speedway, Memphis, Mo., as well as several other tracks through the years. His years of experience and wealth of knowledge about racing will be a major benefit in 2012.
The assistant flagman position this year will be filled by Jeff Kropf, who will be moving from the flagstand to the tower. With the addition of race receivers this season, Kropf will take over that position. He will be in charge of giving line-ups to drivers, while also helping keep an eye on racing from one of the best views around the track. It will be the first time in many years that an assistant flagman has not been in the flagstand at Lee County Speedway.
The final major piece of the puzzle comes with the return of Jimmie Sykes to Lee County Speedway. Sykes has been the head tech man at Scotland County Speedway, 34 Raceway and Lee County Speedway, most recently at LCS in 2008. Sykes steps in as a lot of changes have been made to rules, especially for the 4-Cylinders and Hobby Stocks, which have been switched to IMCA sanctioning for the 2012 season.
“Under the new ownership and management, we plan to tech closely in every class,” Hulett said. “Jimmie comes back to the game with that same vision, and it is great to see how excited he is to get back to the job.”
There will be a few other new faces at the racetrack, but many of the remaining positions will be filled with the same outstanding employees that the track has been blessed to have in recent years. An employee meeting will be held within the next few weeks as we finish preparations for the season.