July 11, 2000.... After a long absence of weekly auto racing in Ukiah, the Redwood Empire Fair board has selected a promoter for the Ukiah Speedway. Bob and Nadine Strauss, dba Strauss Promotions, will take over as of August 1, 2000.
Nadine has served on several panels at the RPM Promoters workshops both in Reno and Daytona Beach, including sessions on Scoring, Small Business Promoters, Working with Special Events Groups, Women in the Business, and Fairgrounds Operated Race Facilities. She has served as track officials and advisors at Ukiah Speedway, Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka, Shasta Speedway in Anderson, Roseburg Speedway in Roseburg, Oregon, 99 Speedway in Stockton, All American Speedway in Roseville, Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Mesa Marin Speedway in Bakersfield, the old Willits Raceway in Willits, as well as the Lakeport Speedway.
Prior to 1984, Bob Strauss served on the board of directors of Northern California Racing Association for 12 years. He was directly involved with the operations of the Lakeport Speedway in those years. At the same time Nadine served as a track official and held the office of NCRA secretary in 1976-77 and 1984.
The new promoters plan to run mainly on Friday nights and will begin with four weekends in August. The first event will be on August 4th, changing to Sunday night, August 13th for the Redwood Empire Fair, then ending with two Friday night shows on August 18 and August 25.
The 2001 season will see an early spring Sunday afternoon show, changing to Friday nights on Easter Sunday weekend. Bombers will be scheduled every race event and the show will be filled in with special events such as Late Models, Legends Cars, BCRA Midgets, Mini Cup Cars, NCI-4 Modifieds and Modifieds.
The Strausses say their goals are to increase auto racing activity in the Ukiah area and run a program that coincides with the schedule of events at the Lakeport Speedway. It has been the wishes of many drivers from the Ukiah area to have the two speedways work together again. Lakeport and Ukiah Speedway’s ran in unison from 1966 through 1975 successfully. The goal will be to achieve this system again to benefit both the racers and the spectators.
The Ukiah community is invited to help bring professional auto racing back to Ukiah. Volunteers, Ukiah Speedway sponsors, past officials and all interested parties can call the Lakeport Speedway office at 274-2844 for further information.