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Mar 26, 2001

Rausch Creek Postpones Inaugural Event

Rausch Creek Motorsports Park's first scheduled event has been postponed due to weather-related construction delays. "Our first track event was going to be the GP Pro (CCS Northeast) race the first weekend in May. We're looking into rescheduling. It looks like we are pushing things back about two weeks at this point. Our next racing event is our WERA event Memorial Day weekend, and we are working toward being able to run that event," said Rausch Creek's Marketing Manager Mark Deery March 26.

"With the winter as cold as it was, the frost line was down to 18-20 inches. Above that it was frozen solid, and you can't work in earth like that," explained Deery. "You either have to remove it and work below it or work in other areas where you make larger cuts. There was a ridge at the north end of our paddock that we cut into to expand our paved paddock to a little over 10 acres from what was once about eight.

"Now we're back on track schedule-wise, and we can concentrate on finishing the track. We have to still do the stoning, the base coat, and the top coat. The cure time is between four and six weeks, and it's the cure time that will preclude the Loudon Series (CCS Northeast) event."

Deery also said that track officals have set up a test for AMA Superbike teams to come by and run the track June 19-20, the Tuesday and Wednesday immediately following the Loudon AMA National.

Located along I-81 between I-80 and I-78 near Harrisburg Pennsylvania, Rausch Creek Motorsports Park is a ground-up development that includes a road race course and off-road racing courses. The road race course is 2.33-miles in length with 16 turns. The track is 40 feet wide and has several hundred feet of elevation changes. The track was designed by noted racetrack engineer Alan Wilson with motorcycle use first in mind. In addition to Rausch Creek, Wilson also designed the new Barber racetrack in Alabama, Carolina Motorsports Park in South Carolina, and Gingerman Raceway in Michigan.