Monday, June 19, 2000

Still stuck in the muck

Farmers assist in Speedway haul

By Tom O'Neill
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Larry Polling, of northwestern Ohio, waits for a tow to get out his RV out of the mud at the Kentucky Speedway.
(Michael E. Keating photo)
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        SPARTA, Ky. — They came, they saw, they went back for their John Deeres.

        While there was much confusion Sunday over who was going to pay for pulling hundreds of cars from the muddy grass lots outside the Kentucky Speedway, those who benefited the most were the ones with the tractors.

        That is, local farmers.

        “It'll put groceries on the table,” said William Glacken, 38, a father of six who charged race fans $50 for a tow, the going rate. He said he made about $1,000 Sunday, a windfall for his flagging tobacco and cattle business.

        Mr. Glacken said the demand was high and that most motorists were just grateful to get back on the road.

        “I don't blame the locals,” said Gary Lewis of Dillsboro, Ind., who paid $50 to have his 32-foot-long Winnebago towed from the mud. He said he heard that speedway officials offered to pay for towing, but was never approached.

        “They need to reimburse us,” said his wife, Shirley.


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