Bronson Speedway gets ready to rumble

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Special to the Beacon
Bronson Speedway gets a new lease on life Saturday when the track opens for the 2011 racing season after sitting dormant for more than a year.
Open Wheel Modifieds, Sportsman cars, INEX Legend Cars, Pure Stocks and Hornets will be in action on opening night. These classes will run almost every week at the speedway, and the five divisions will be the core of racing at Bronson.
Gates will open on July 30 at 4 p.m., with racing getting under way at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission will be $12. Seniors 60 and over and students 12-17 years of age are $10. Kids aged 6-11 are $5, and all kids under 5 are free. Pit admission is $25. Other special events will be added as the season progresses.
Rather than trying to pull in cars from other racetracks, new owners Ann and Chris Young are hoping to build a solid following of core racers at Bronson Speedway who will make it their home track. Many of the race teams expected to compete have not raced at all, or only sparingly, after Bronson closed. These drivers are chomping at the bit to get back in action.
"We want to put together a great group of drivers, teams and fans who will make Bronson their home," Ann Young said. "We certainly invite drivers from other tracks to give us a try, but we won't be out trying to get them to come here.”
"Everyone will be treated courteously and fairly and we mainly want everyone to have lots of fun in a great family atmosphere."
INEX Legend Cars are a big part of the Young's life because their 17-year-old son, Christopher, drives one and they hope to get a number of drivers interested in trying these cars out. In fact, by the end of the year, they hope to have several Legends available to rent on a week-to-week basis so drivers can "try the class out" before purchasing one.  
"We've had contact with several Legend Car teams in North and North Central Florida that have cars but have had to travel great distances to race as well as a few teams in Southern Georgia who are interested, and that, coupled with getting some new faces into the Legends, should give us a pretty strong field of these cars by the end of the year," said Ann Young.
Safety will be of prime importance at Bronson Speedway as each car will haveto go through a rigid safety inspection before being allowed to compete. Each race night Levy County EMS and Bronson Fire Rescue will be on hand should the need for their expert services arise.
Stock car racing isn't all that Bronson Speedway will be hosting. Once the racing program is established, Mud Bogs and Mud Drags will be added. During the off season, flea markets and festivals will be on the speedway grounds. Also planned are special "Movies in the Moonlight" family gatherings in Bronson Speedway's huge parking lot. This will be a throwback to the times of the old drive-in movie theaters but with a bit of a new flair.
Bronson Speedway is located at 9950 Thrasher Drive, between Archer and Bronson on State Road 24.