Greg Veinote of Newburgh has agreed to lease the ability from music proprietor Ralph Nason. Veinote, 53, hopes to have the facility — the delivery of stock car racing in Maine — open by the end of June with an option to shop for the track.
“We started on this whole issue final summer,” Veinote stated. “We were aside on a real purchase fee that took a while. But I’m of the attitude that if I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it with the intent that I’m going to buy it.” Neither Veinote nor Nason could disclose financial details of the settlement, even though Veinote stated he had not paid a deposit. “It’s an aggregate deal,” Nason said. “I’m nonetheless the landowner. However, Greg will do what he does with it.”
What Veinote does with it will be non-conventional, as a minimum, by way of Maine’s auto racing requirements. With tracks in Wiscasset, Oxford, Hermon, and Scarborough all presenting weekly vehicle racing applications on asphalt ovals all through the summertime, Veinote plans to take a much wider view of the assets. In addition to 4- and 6-cylinder racing divisions using the prevailing race music and the tune’s infield, occasions will, in all likelihood, vary from lawnmower races and tractor pulls to other types of motorsports leisure.
The car suggests and cruise nights, in addition to different family-orientated events, are also in play, Nason and Veinote said. “Right now, it’s referred to as Unity Raceway, but I want it to be known as Unity Raceway and Fairgrounds,” stated Veinote, who hopes to keep about five or six racing occasions this season. “I’ve been busy getting everybody so as. It will take a big effort on our element to make the whole lot pop out the way I want and make humans proud to drive past Unity Raceway once more.”
Veinote and Nason have formerly executed commercial enterprises together. In 2007, Veinote offered Spud Speedway in Caribou from Nason before selling it to Troy Haney less than three years later. At the time, Spud Speedway had been dormant for nearly seven years. Nason embraces the perception that something special is needed in the song, which opened for stock automobile racing in 1948. Nason of Unity bought the music in 1980. “You want to have something in which humans don’t ought to spend 30 grand for a race automobile to race for 22 dollars (in handbag money),” Nason stated.
“The coin is crooked as hell. If you could convey it back to something wherein humans can come as a circle of relatives unit, have a blast, go domestic speaking approximately it, and didn’t spend an entire week’s paycheck to do it, they will come back.” Nason agreed to promote Unity Raceway to Benton’s George Fernald in 2016. Fernald’s plan was to return the tune to its authentic dirt oval while completing some of the capital upgrades to the prevailing facilities. When his health declined, Fernald needed to go back the track to Nason.
Following the finishing touch of the 2017 season, Fernald started grinding up the race song’s asphalt floor to get to the original clay beneath it. As it now stands, approximately three-quarters of the bed has been torn up. Veinote doesn’t view the contemporary condition of the song as a detriment. “Many people like to look at the mountains in front of them. However, I favor to have at the mountains I’ve already flown over,” stated Veinote, who owns an aviation enterprise with his father and a production business.
“It’s a mess there right now; it’s far. But it’s also an open slate to do something one of a kind than some other race tune in the United States of America is doing.” Because the ice snow melts, Veinote will move in the system to further grind the asphalt into a granular floor for racing on. It’s a move among asphalt and dust known as a mixture. “I’m now not positive if it’s going to paintings, but it’s were given a lot higher danger than (as a conventional inventory vehicle racing facility) that has a fifteen,000 nut just to open the region up,” Nason said.