A report released by the Placer County Grand Jury Feb.1, and the beginning of the racing season in April 2011, triggered questions about improvements to the All American Speedway.
Placer County was asked to provide information about the Speedway, and later, to respond to the Grand Jury report. However, neither the All American Speedway nor the Placer County Fair Association, which manages the Speedway, were contacted by the Grand Jury either for information or for a response. As a result, the Grand Jury Report does not include all the important information which people need to understand on how the Speedway operates, and the improvements being made or planned.
The Placer County Fair Association believes the public needs complete, updated information.
Since 1955, the nonprofit Placer County Fair Association has operated the speedway at the Placer County Fairgrounds, which was originally called the "Placer County Speedway." Racing at the Speedway has long been a family sport, and has generally enjoyed support and participation by several generations of community members. It currently attracts approximately 1,500 people or more each week.
Benefits To Our Community
The Placer County Fairgrounds generated nearly $12 million in spending activity in 2009 alone. Funds generated through racing events help pay approximately 60 to 70 percent of the fairground's yearly operational costs. This helps cover management and maintenance of several community buildings.
These buildings are used extensively by nonprofit organizations and various service clubs at reasonable rates, and rented also by private parties and commercial ventures. Without the revenue generated by racing, the benefits to the community would be greatly reduced.
No Track, No Fair
Revenue from the All American Speedway makes the annual Placer County Fair possible. This is especially true now, because state budget cuts have eliminated all state support for county fairs, which has created a $200,000 shortfall for the Placer County Fair.
Work to reduce noise levels at the All American Speedway has achieved results, and is continuing.
New and improved sound walls installed with further enhancements planned.
New PA system installed with directionally oriented speakers.
Cars required to observe strict noise limits lower than those observed at most tracks.
Constant monitoring of noise levels to ensure that they remain within permitted ranges.
Voluntarily making every effort to end racing by 10 p.m., despite the current contract with Placer County allowing racing until 11 p.m.
Plans for additional sound level analysis in the surrounding neighborhoods to identify more opportunities to reduce noise levels even further.
Safety Improvements in 2006
Ensuring the safety of spectators and race teams motivated the funding of an extensive replacement of broken restraining walls and safety fencing in 2006.
Staff and Fair Association members recognized that the pit area was dangerously small and had poorly-placed pit-to-track entrance and exit ramps. They were also concerned about certain narrow parts of the track, where several large crashes happened because drivers could not avoid smaller wrecks in front of them. However, there was no budget to do the work. Fortunately, several interested parties with equipment and expertise stepped forward to assist and moved the pit area and ramps in conjunction with the retaining wall replacement, donating much of the work.
During part of the 1980's, the All American Speedway, then called the Placer County Speedway, was NASCAR sanctioned. The Speedway hosted several large regional events similar in size and impact as those currently conducted. The Speedway ended the NASCAR agreement for financial reasons.
In 2006, NASCAR approached the All American Speedway about becoming sanctioned again, because the Stockton 99 Speedway, a NASCAR-sanctioned track, was closed. There was no requirement by NASCAR that the track be expanded in any form to permit any new type of race division.
However, both the Placer County Fair Association and NASCAR had concerns about driver and pit area safety. The Fair Association was able to make repairs, thanks to donated assistance. The All American Speedway joined NASCAR again in late 2006.
Agreement with Placer County
An operating agreement remains in place between the Fair Association and Placer County, which has jurisdictional authority. Discussions for a new agreement are underway. Placer County and the Fair Association also receive input from the City of Roseville. We welcome your recommendations. Please send them to the Placer County Fair Association, 800 All America City Blvd., Roseville, CA 95678.