Lake Erie Speedway More than Just a Saturday Operation
Lake Erie Speedway on a typical Saturday night consists of sounds of engines roaring, and the stands are packed with excitement.
But during the week it's a much different scenario. Four workers spend hundreds of hours cleaning up the grandstands and the track getting it all ready for next week's event.
"There's six other days that go in to this. A lot of blood sweat and tears that go into this for many, many hours, hundreds of hours of man hours, go in to turning this place around on a week to week basis," said Branden Kaczay, executive vice president of business operations.
Tuesday through Friday the only sounds you'll hear are those of leaf blowers pushing trash, heavy duty vacuums sucking up debris, and pressure washers blasting the grandstands clean.
For maintenance man Jacob Seekings, his favorite job is painting the scuffs off the walls, and making the checkered flag finish line look new once again.
But he admits, "It's a lot of hard work," he said.
For the drivers who race here every Saturday, like Corry native Eric McCray, it's the hard work that makes Lake Erie Speedway one of the best around.
"They do a nice job keeping it looking like a very nice facility. I've been on some of the higher NASCAR tracks where the big boys run on and I've thought man, I think Lake Erie Speedway is nicer," said McCray.
McCray races in the modified division. It's one of six race divisions at the track.
"I like racing at Lake Erie because man, it's good, clean, hard racing," he said.
And even on the off days, it's good fun for executive vice president of business operations, Branden Kaczay.
"There's no such thing as a 40-hour work week and even in the off season it's very rare to have a 40-hour work week. I think it's fun. I know it takes a special person. I'm very blessed to have the management staff I have here. I've been here for over ten years and I don't think I've worked a day in my life because I love it so much," he said.
And because Lake Erie Speedway is only in its eleventh year, Kaczay says the best is yet to come.
"We're just now finally figuring out who we are. We've got our identity and now what we can do with that identity is really showcase this place for the entire community," said Kaczay.