Clearwater, FL- Chalk up a win for short track racing in a battle against development. On Friday the Tampa Bay Times reported that a connecting road originally planned to go through Showtime Speedway will now bypass it.
State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, and the speedway’s owner, Bob Yoho, made an announcement yesterday that a compromise was made to reconfigure the path.
The bypass will keep the ¼-mile asphalt track with a figure 8 and dragstrip in operation well into the future.
It was thought the track was living on borrowed time until the Florida Department of Transportation would build a road connecting Interstate 275 to the Bayside Bridge. Yoho secured a five-year lease from the FDOT in 2012 to operate the track until the road was built. He will continue paying approximately $15,000 per month in a lease renewal for five more years. However, Yoho plans to stay in operation longer than that.
The reconfigured road now will run on the west side of the drag strip. Showtime will lose some parking, but are not sure how much.
For more information on Showtime Speedway visit showtimespeedway.us
Original Article from Tampa Bay Times http://www.beaches.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/sen-jack-latvala-planned-connector-road-to-bypass-showtime-speedway/2314473