Man seeks to restore racetrack near West Richland

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A man is trying to restore car racing in Central Washington at the Tri-Cities Raceway near West Richland.

Jeremy Smith tells the Tri-City Herald he wants to rally community support to resurrect what he and some friends remember as an important piece of Tri-City motoring history.

Smith says he’s talked to 60 people and businesses to drum up support for the idea.

The Port of Kennewick owns the property. And that agency’s director of planning and development says reviving the racetrack isn’t likely.

Larry Peterson says it would be risky to have racing return to the half-mile oval that has deteriorated after seven years of neglect. He says even the grandstands aren’t safe for the public, he said.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com