Track owner to learn fate of Valley Speedway on Thursday - KCTV5

Track owner to learn fate of Valley Speedway on Thursday

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Valley Speedway, the last motor sports track in Jackson County, is entering its final lap against the city of Grain Valley. They could pull the checkered flag and say racing in the city is finished. Valley Speedway, the last motor sports track in Jackson County, is entering its final lap against the city of Grain Valley. They could pull the checkered flag and say racing in the city is finished.
GRAIN VALLEY, MO (KCTV) -

A fight is brewing in eastern Jackson County over a race track and all the noise it supposedly creates.

Valley Speedway, the last motor sports track in Jackson County, is entering its final lap against the city of Grain Valley. They could pull the checkered flag and say racing in the city is finished.

Dennis Shrout says racing is in his blood. That was why he took over at the speedway 10 years ago.

"It is just something you get in your blood, and you enjoy it. I don't think the city gets it," Shrout said. "We're family oriented. It isn't a bunch of beer-drinking rednecks out here. They are families with kids."

It can get loud for the near 1,000 race fans that pack the stands on a Saturday night.

"Some people go and enjoy it. Others, not so much, but it is our responsibility that everyone is heard," Grain Valley City Administrator Alexa Barton said.

The city of Grain Valley is getting ready to decide whether to allow the track to keep its conditional use permit and stay open.

"What it comes down to is we have a provision in place to not exceed that sound limit at the border of the property, and it does exceed that sound limit," Barton said.

Barton said there is a law in Grain Valley requiring recreational parks to operate below 65 decibels.

"If we went on the property line and were talking to one another, we would be breaking the ordinance because we'd be talking too loud," Shrout said.

Shrout said the noise ordinance is an excuse for the city to shut him down and make the land a green space instead.

"The city does not want to put the racetrack out. We enjoy the racetrack in town," Barton said.

"I think that is what they intend to do no matter what anybody says to revoke it," Shrout said.

The vote to revoke will be at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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