Community is the focus as Roseville’s McAnally preps speedway for green flagBy: Bill Sullivan, Associate Publisher
All American Speedway Relaunch
- Where: 800 All American City Blvd., Roseville
- When: Saturday, June 16. Gates open 4 p.m.
- Tickets $7.50 to $15
- Info: allamericanspeedway.com
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles as Gold Country Media presents the countdown to the green flag at the All American Speedway in Roseville where local businessman Bill McAnally is working to revitalize the facility that was facing the threat of closure after 2017.
For decades, Roseville resident Bill McAnally has been a household name in this community and afar when it comes to the sport of auto racing.
McAnally, a former successful driver who owns and operates championship teams in NASCAR’s regional tours, put his hometown on the national racing map.
Now, the successful businessman is bringing the knowledge gained from his travels back to the town he calls home as he relaunches the famed All American Speedway. A facility that was nearly shuttered for good last year is sure to be shining bright come June 16 when it reopens under McAnally’s management in a partnership with Placer Valley Tourism.
“This was my home track when I first started racing,” said McAnally. “It’s a great asset to the community and I’m really excited to partner with Placer County and Placer Valley Tourism to develop this speedway into a successful attraction for the community.”
With just three weeks until opening night, McAnally and his crews are busy prepping the facility that had become reminiscent of an abandoned shipwreck without the water. Each October, it is through the work of McAnally and his Bill McAnally Racing Promotions that NASCAR has brought the facility to life for one night annually that benefits local charity and brings thousands to Roseville to witness.
Aside from those special fall nights, not much has been shining at the track in recent years, other than the reflection of empty seats in a grandstand where a few hundred fans have been the routine crowd in the place that once saw several thousand each race night.
With the county of Roseville behind him, along with the support of Placer Valley Tourism, McAnally is pumping new life into the All American Speedway. While continuing to operate his local auto care facilities along with his traveling NASCAR teams, he is committed to bringing the facility back to the community, while bringing the community back to their local race track.
“We want to fill those stands again and fill this pit area with cars to provide race fans and families a place to enjoy some great entertainment,” he said. “I remember what it was like when I raced here back in the day and what it meant for the fans to come out and watch their favorite drivers. We see the potential to bring that back.”
In recent weeks, McAnally has appeared on several social media advertisements, reaching out to the community to invite them to come back to their local speedway, beginning June 16. In one recent video, McAnally is pictured operating a weed trimmer before he talks into the camera. The use of the weed trimmer and the elbow grease reference is nothing more than the truth of what is taking place behind the scenes at the facility.
Many areas are getting a fresh coat of new paint. Weeds that were three feet tall are being trimmed and re-landscaped. A new safety truck has been built along with additional safety equipment. Upgrades to the electronic scoring system have been made, including big screen monitors that will be added to the pit area during the events for competitors to stay up to date on their results and times. This is just a handful of the many items already in place, with much more to come.
It’s all part of rebuilding an iconic piece of Roseville that has greatly deteriorated, due to years of mismanagement and a lack of funding.
“I don’t think it could have gotten much worse. It was really at the bottom of the bucket,” McAnally said. “It’s been a sad state of affairs but now we’re fixing that.”
Divisions slated to compete at the historic oval include the Jr. Late Models, Late Model, Super Stock A Series, Super Stock B Series, Limited Modified Series, and F4 Series, to name a few. On opening night, a trailer race has been added that already has an entry by X-Games star Brian Deegan. This special attractionwill entertain fans along with all the exciting door to door racing competition. Deegan is the most decorated Freestyle Motocross rider in X Games history.
“This track is part of the community and we want the community to benefit from its success,” McAnally said. “Our aim is for the venue to be an asset to the local area. It will take a lot of hard work and won’t happen overnight. We plan to lay the foundation this year to build on as we move ahead. This is a long-range program and will take some time but we know the potential is there to develop a great facility for Roseville and Placer County.”
McAnally has emphasized the need to be a good neighbor in operating the facility. He plans to feature top-level motorsports events but with fewer events overall in consideration for those in the immediate area. Next Saturday, June 9, will be a test and tune day at the track, followed by the first of six events this season on June 16.
“Bill McAnally and his BMR group have been huge supporters of the community for years. It’s nice to see a local success story such as Bill, who built several local businesses, step up to the plate and make a big investment in our community,” said Placer County Supervisor Jack Duran. “Bill shares the same vision of the Board of Supervisors that the fairgrounds is a community asset where citizens from throughout the region can enjoy for generations to come.”
On June 16, the front gates are set to open at 4 p.m. with feature racing starting at 6:15 p.m. Adult tickets will be $15; members of the military with ID will be admitted for $10 along with first responders and seniors 65 and older. Kids ages 6 through 12 will be $7.50 and those 5 and under are free. Watch for the opportunity to win free tickets to opening night on the Facebook pages of The Press Tribune and The Placer Herald in the coming days.
More information about the speedway can be obtained by calling 916-786-2025 and a full schedule can be viewed at allamericanspeedway.com.