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WNY Auto Racing: Wyoming’s Majchrzak has a lot to juggle

Wyoming County International Speedway owner and promoter James J. Majchrzak is a man with a lot on his plate, seeking to complete his track’s current season in successful fashion while firmly looking to its future.

This week Majchrzak is finalizing plans for his biggest annual WCIS stock car event of the season, the “Shootout at The Bullring,” scheduled for Oct. 5. He also confirmed that WCIS is for sale and if he is unsuccessful in selling the facility formerly known years ago as Perry Speedway, he will switch his weekly stock car events from Friday nights to a Saturday evening program in 2014.

The Majchrzak family has been at the helm of the asphalt-surfaced WCIS the last 16 seasons. The one-third-mile track is located on Adrian Road in Perry.

“It’s true that Wyoming County is for sale,” Majchrzak said. “We had a dirt organization come out and look at it. I think that’s where the rumors started that we were going to be converting our surface from asphalt to dirt next year. But we’ve also had some people in the asphalt side come out about buying our track.

“If we sell the track between now and next year then it’s up to the new owners what they want to do. If a sale does not happen then the track will be definitely run by my family next year as it has for the last several years. If I run it next season it will remain an asphalt racing facility.

“I’m basically looking to sell the track because at this point I have other business opportunities that I want to get involved in.”

If Majchrzak does indeed run WCIS next season, the weekly green flag will fly on Saturdays.

“Since we’ve been at this track, we’ve tried Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at different times,” Majchrzak said. “It just seems that Saturday may be the best, especially for our fans in the Letchworth Park and Silver Lake areas. We draw pockets of drivers and fans from a wide area. It may be easier for people to get here on Saturdays.

“I know that there are other asphalt tracks around that currently race on Saturdays but I’m not looking to compete against any of them. I’m just trying to build up stock car racing at Wyoming County and hope that it helps the bigger picture of helping racing overall.”

This season Majchrzak says that he has had better car counts than in the recent past, but there is room for growth.

“I know that in our main class, the SST Modifieds, for a weekly program we averaged car counts in the mid-teens with a peak of 20 and a low point of 12,” Majchrzak said. “It’s not too many years ago that 12 would have been our peak. When you look at our driver roster I think the economy has had a bit of an impact, too.

“When drivers have mechanical breakage or wrecks, it takes them extra weeks to be able to get their repairs done and get back to the track. It’s hard, I think, to afford things.”

This season has also been a rain-plagued one at WCIS.

Majchrzak noted that his track suffered a rainout on the average of every other week until just past the midseason mark. Despite this, attendance has held its own, according to Majchrzak. While he does not release attendance figures, Majchrzak did speak about his 2013 attendance in general.

“At the beginning of the season, we had great crowds but then they began to taper off somewhat,” he said. “This concerned me. Later in the season, once we were able to finally start running consecutive races without rainouts, it rebounded.

Majchrzak has a busy agenda planned for the Oct. 5 shootout event. Winged Sprint Cars on asphalt have been added to the program and already 11 teams from the Sandusky, Ohio, area have committed to come to WCIS on Oct. 5. More are expected from Western and Central New York and Western Pennsylvania. Local drivers George Quintana and Tom Fletcher are organizing the WCIS Sprint Car activity.

Also part of the “Shootout at The Bullring” card will be the SST Modified 100, Super Stock 50, LAMOT Late Models, Street Stocks, Vintage Late Models and the Asphalt Challenge for 4-Cylinders,

Currently the green flag is set for 3 p.m. but Majchrzak is advising fans to check the track website as he may opt for an earlier start time as a possibility of a few other race divisions may be added to the event. The rain date is Oct. 6.

US Open runs on

Sunday’s US Open races at Elegant Builders Raceway Park were not completed at press time. The results will appear in Thursday’s column.