Parents Raising Money to Build 'Little Bridgeport' for Young DriversLast Edited:
Weekend race nights at Bridgeport Speedway are mainly dedicated to the drivers who have years of experience behind the wheel.
Parents of young drivers are looking for more for their kids and a place they can call their own.
Jamie Trabbold's son, Ronnie, is eight years old and racing in a series called Quarter Midgets. Ronnie calls it "challenging" and "fun." Kids can begin racing in this series as early at five, but there are very few tracks in the area for them to get behind the wheel.
"It's a little nerve wrecking, but the amount of adrenaline that he gets, and the challenges he faces, and the fun that he has, it kind of puts the 'mom-worry' away," said Trabbold.
As of right now, Bridgeport Speedway dedicates one night during their season to the Quarter Midgets. It's an exhibition, meaning it's not an actual race and occurs during intermission. It's a few laps around the track to support the series.
Parents are now hoping to have the kids run weekly at Bridgeport Speedway.
"My husband and I worked with Bridgeport to come up with the idea of building a track here," said Trabbold. "More of a teaching track as well as a competition track to give the kids a different track to race at, different from the other five that are on the East Coast, and to give them more of an incentive to try different things in different areas."
They are calling it "Little Bridgeport Speedway." The rest of this year and 2018 will be dedicated to fundraising the $20,000 needed to open the track. In addition, $30,000 will be needed for things like a flag stand, tech shed, tower, and other miscellaneous things to assure the Little Bridgeport Speedway runs efficiently.
Although the response has been positive, there are still questions and concerns raised by the dirt-track racing community like memberships, club status, and finances, among others. Trabbold said she's taking everything into consideration to assure everyone will have a chance to take part of Little Bridgeport Speedway and get a chance to race.
The goal is to have the track up and running by Spring of 2019. If you would like to donate, go to their Facebook page, or email them at LittleBridgeportSpeedway@gmail.com.
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