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Old 04-14-2014, 11:07 PM
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Default The NEW Citrus County Speedway!

With all the talk about how "bad" my hometown track had become, I went this past Saturday night just to see for myself. I went with an open mind and even went out of my way to meet the new promoter. Several things had improved, new signs, fresh paint in the bathrooms ( but very few people there to use them) Here a few highlights of my night:

1. While sitting in the line up for our heat races, something doesn't seem right. We had been sitting in the staging area for the better part of 20 mins and its HOT. It turns out almost the entire infield crew had just quit and left the safety vehicles sitting on the track! Not just one person but the vast majority. Big John (track handy man, jack of all trades) knew how to find and fix anything and everything. According to John, he hadn't been paid for two weeks and was paid in BEER for his services. ( Red Flag #1)

2. No pace car driver. Long time track supporter and former track champion Benny Stevens quits in the middle of the week. Benny was a friend to all and a very humble guy. Why? Several of us offered to drive the pace car for FREE to help the show run smoother ( Red Flag #2)

3. The "replacement" flagman has no idea what is going on.... Brent Fults, another track icon and the best flagman to ever work at the speedway also quits ( Sorry John Chance, the extreme white "glow" that emitted from your hairless legs STILL gives me nightmares)Why? ( Red Flag #3)

4. Tech goes against the white board and "dice" system and decides to tear down the top 5 cars in an 8 car Pure Stock race by pulling ALL FOUR SPRINGS. Why would you harass what few cars you have left and run them off too? I have never heard of leaf springs being pulled like this without a protest. Its a PITA to do and a JOB. My dad told the track where to go and what to do when they got there and loaded his car up. At 64 years old, my dad isn't into pulling leaf springs at 10pm for $100 bucks, and then putting it back together to load it on the trailer. I confronted Gary about this in a controlled manner and after explaining other methods to check springs without tearing the cars apart, he informs me that he "will get to the bottom of it and find out what is going on" as if he knew nothing about what was happening. Within minutes, Donny Lewis pulls up on his cart at my dads RV and informs my dad (who doesn't bother ANYONE) that it wasn't Darren's or his call to pull the springs...it came directly from Laplant! He also informs us that now they are only doing FRONT springs. My dad at this point is boiling pissed off and wants no part of it. To make Happy, not Happy takes a lot, and I haven't seen him that pissed off in a long time. Another bold faced lie from Team Gary! ( Red Flag #4) You wont see us back until he is gone. My dad has had enough, and one night of the BS was more than enough for me.

5. "Bunch of Dumb Rednecks".....that's what he calls his drivers, employees and thinks that we are all idiots....can you say kettle, kettle? There is an "interesting" recording of a meeting that really puts things into perspective for those of you who think Gary is your "friend" it's what Gary REALLY thinks about all of us. I will have it posted on YouTube very soon for your listening pleasure. Its pretty sad how the track promoter talks about the local community, drivers and former sponsors of the track. Its a real "eye opener" is all I can say. Friday night, he bad mouths a local racer to a group of others (friends of the guy being trashed by Laplant...Gary cant put two and two together on this one) This same individual has sponsored races, has multiple cars and is an HONEST person. Not somebody you want to run off.... ( Red Flag #5)

6. Unpaid bills (60+ days late) with local companies that tried to HELP Gary out. (Red Flag #6) You need to pay up to the "Dumb Redneck/Hillbillies" that were nice enough to extend credit to a person that obviously cant even pay attention.

Gary has done more to run people off than bring them back. Between none of the other tracks wanting to work with him, his employees leaving in droves and his lackluster attempts to convince us otherwise, I would say that anyone that disagrees with my statement is either ignorant, lives under a rock or has drank themselves stupid on the Kool Aid he is feeding you
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:58 AM
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WOW!!!!!!

As long as "racing" has retread GM's and promoters (not all, the successful ones aren't changing jobs) this is what happens. This guy has now run two tracks in the ground. Fool them once, shame on you....Fool them twice, shame on them.

Don't know all the politics of how tracks get leased or run by municipalities but you would think they would do a little research.
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Old 04-15-2014, 02:45 PM
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WOW!!!!!!

As long as "racing" has retread GM's and promoters (not all, the successful ones aren't changing jobs) this is what happens. This guy has now run two tracks in the ground. Fool them once, shame on you....Fool them twice, shame on them.

Don't know all the politics of how tracks get leased or run by municipalities but you would think they would do a little research.

Fred, you are 100% right. This guy has already ruined one track, and he is well on his way to ruining what was once one of the best tracks in Florida.
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:05 AM
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I spoke with somebody yesterday that is still owed money from Gary's days in Punta Gorda. Gary had the nerve to call this driver and ask him to come race at Citrus, the driver informed him that if he made good on the $700 bucks he owed him he would come back. Gary refused to do so and is a major dumbass for doing so....he just blamed his old buddy Bobby Diehl for it, its the typical "Gary passing the buck" versus owning up to his mistakes and taking responsibility. This guy is a 2 time track champion in the Late Model and Modified divisions and spends $$$$ every time he comes and is super cool to be around. Here are the details of how it went down:

....Gary put on a race down there and didn't have enough money to pay the drivers, so he promised the driver he would give him a set of tires the next time he raced. Well, Gary packed up and left before the next race! This guy is a shady individual and the sooner he is ran out of Citrus County the better.
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