Alaska Raceway Park
A NEED FOR SPEED
Club 1320: Join Local Racing Enthusiasts in Supporting Iconic Alaska Raceway Park
Club 1320 is being built, with each donation given, one patron at a time. The goal of the growing crowdfunding group is to build a concrete barrier to increase safety at Alaska Raceway Park, and also for the purchase of a new timing system and scoreboards. Alaska Raceway Park is ultimately looking for 1320 people to join and donate a minimum of $100.00. With each donation of $100.00 or more, the patron’s name (or a name of their choice) will be permanently placed on the wall - but Club 1320 gladly accepts donations of any amount!
Alaska Raceway Park, nestled beneath the picturesque mountains of the Matanuska Valley, is a mainstay in the local community. It has grown with the community of Butte, Alaska, since 1964, when the 1/4-mile drag strip was first built. The facility has seen many improvements since Earl and Karen Lackey took over in the late 1990’s, and this is the next step. By building a concrete barrier wall, Club 1320’s patrons will increase safety at the strip, replacing the current ¼-mile double-guardrail at the NHRA strip. “When accidents do happen, the posts of the guard rail give way, and we run the risk of cars leaving the track,” said Michelle Lackey Maynor, daughter of the Lackeys and current owner and President. “Concrete barriers are much safer for our motorcycle racers and for our drivers racing at higher levels of speed.” In addition to the new concrete barrier, Alaska Raceway Park will also be upgrading their outdated timing system, which has been in use for 21 years, with a state-of-the-art Portatree brand system. Not only will this create a better experience for racers and fans, but the new LED system is more energy efficient, too.
Most of the money for this project will come from Alaska Raceway Park, but Club 1320 is an opportunity for race fans from all over to make their mark at this iconic, Alaskan race track.
JOIN THE CLUB
Those who would like to support this need can choose from multiple levels of support by going online, at www.RaceAK.com/club1320, or by calling 907-355-7223 to arrange cash or credit card donations. Donations can also be made using Venmo, @alaskaracewaypark. Patrons can also mail a check to: Alaska Raceway Park S. Race Way, Palmer, AK 99654
Submitted By: Krystin Bogan