Unfortunately, things didn't go according to plan, and effective this last Satuday, June 28, Jim stepped back in and re-took control of complete operations of the track along with his full, original crew of long-standing referees, pit stewards and track announcer, among others. After talking with Jim over the course of the last few weeks, it was obvious things weren't going to work out with the new team running things, and even with the support of his wife never ending, gave in the ghost and decided to take back control of operations, after fulfilling his initial obligations to those that had tried to take over operations--something he had originally hoped would be seamless, but which turned into more of a cluster than what the man who IS Mid-America Speedway could sit by and let happen.
Below is the press release we prepared for Jim (Mr. Mid-America Speedway himself) after we talked late Saturday about his coming back to helm the ship, and he and his lovely wife Holly are looking forward to bringing everyone the same level of professional racing activities that they and their crew have been synonymous with for all of their years of operation at the Marion County Fairgrounds.
In the shot above, Dave Atherton #15X and David 'Bones' Aldana battle during one of the Bultaco Astro Cup heat races during a round of the AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series at Mid-America Speedway in August 2013. Mid-America Speedway will again host round 10 of the 2014 AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series on August 9 with the Bultaco Astro Cup event returning for the second season running. Photo by Mike 'Stu' Stuhler/Stu's Shots.
Bri Hazen #15K, Kevin Wilson #45, Rob 'Bugs' Pearson #27 and Fight for Dirt Track.com's own Tyler Porter #28C blast off the line during one of Mid-America's regular season events in June 2012, all of whom are regular attendees and supporters at Mid-America Speedway. Photo by Mike 'Stu' Stuhler/Stu's Shots.
"All of our previous personnel will also be returning to action, our pit steward and referee, as well as long time announcer Bret Cheek, who is known for his intense level of excitement and fiery enthusiasm which bestows the overall sentiments which we have tried to bring to the table in all of our years of operating here at the fairgrounds.” Terchila also wanted everyone to know that his lovely wife, Holly, whom everyone has known to become the welcoming hostess in the sign-up area, will also be returning to greet all of the riders and team members as they arrive for each outing.