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Owosso Speedway to offer more, different family events

Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 6:15 PM EDT
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SHIAWASSEE COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) - Owosso Speedway in Shiawassee County will soon be home to more than just races.

The Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners -- approving the owners’ request the 40 acre property be rezoned to accommodate more business.

The Shiawassee County staple has been around for 82 years.

“We’re restricted on the amount of days that we can race. We basically have 4 months out of the year that we can race,” said co-owner Ken Williams.

So if the weather’s bad -- they’re out a race -- and the business that comes with it.

The Speedway was zoned as agricultural production/rural residential. It is now zoned as general business.

“This place has such a history for the community, and that’s the direction we feel it needs to go. This needs to be a community events center,” Williams said.

Prior to Thursday, a consent judgment dating back to 2003 restricted what actually can happen at the speedway.

Say someone wanted to have a fundraiser there, or a concert, or a drive in theatre -- anything other than racing -- there would have to be a race involved.

By rezoning the property -- it wipes out that consent judgment.

ABC12 asked a nearby business owner what he thinks about the proposed changes.

“I say do it.”

Mike Harcourt is store manager for Budget Tire, not too far from the speedway.

He grew up in the area and is very familiar with what goes on just down the street.

“It would help the economy out a lot. You get people out doing more stuff - forgetting about the past year and a half and having a ball.”

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