Nascar track plans idled until 2007

Florida-based International Speedway Corp. has delayed its plans to get the state Legislature to back a bond proposal to build a Nascar track in Kitsap County until 2007, when its leaders believe they can generate more across-the-board support in Olympia.

Draft legislation has already been written and distributed to several lawmakers for consideration, according to ISC vice president Grant Lynch.

“In our disussions with leadership, it was evident that they didn’t want to consider it this year,” Lynch said. “But more people will see the benefits of this next year.”

The proposed legislation currently has little support among area legislators during the short session. Sen. Tim Sheldon (D-Potlatch), whose district includes the track site, has said ISC’s $345 million proposal puts the state’s taxpayers at too much risk.

Lynch and other track backers profess optimism about the project’s chances, saying the coming year will give them extra time to generate support for the measure. At the same time, they admit that the time will give racetrack opponents, such as the Port Orchard-based non-profit group Coalition for Healthy Economic Choices in Kitsap, time to consolidate their opposition.

“People need to learn the facts about what this can do for the community,” said Kisap Economic Development Council Executive Director David

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