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2013 racing in jeopardy at Nobles County Speedway

WORTHINGTON -- The sound of cars tearing around the race track on Sunday nights in Worthington may be a thing of the past after members of the Nobles County Speedway, Inc. and the Nobles County Fair Board couldn't reach agreement on a new contract.

Trey Davis, on the heels of his first term on the NCSI board, has been trying to get a new contract completed so he can begin signing up USRA and USNTS shows at the local speedway. On Wednesday morning, however, he said he's essentially given up hope for a 2013 racing season.

"It's a lot of personal feelings," he said of the behind-the-scenes phone calls with fair board members in recent weeks.

Davis' first contract proposal was rejected by the fair board in December, and a follow-up proposal was also rejected. Davis learned the outcome of that request on Tuesday.

Nobles County Fair Board leaders say the contract rejection is more about finances than it is personal feelings. In fact, board president Lynn Darling and vice president Ron McCarvel said they were of the understanding last fall that the NCSI board was disbanding -- that after NCSI president Scott Kleve and vice president Dennis Luitjens resigned.

"Everybody's kind of burned out," Luitjens said Wednesday morning, and Kleve agreed. Both said Davis was trying to get racing started again in Worthington.

While Darling and McCarvel said they remain open to a new proposal from NCSI, they have been in talks with two other interested parties.

"We're still pursuing options," McCarvel added.

For more on this story, see Thursday's Daily Globe and