The races are on in Starkey

Gwen Chamberlain
Outlaw Speedway is located in the town of Starkey just outside the village of Dundee.

The 2017 racing schedule at Outlaw Speedway is set and track owner Tyler Siri can begin getting his team and facility ready for a busy season now that Starkey Town officials have authorized the track’s operating permit.

At the Feb. 9 Starkey Town Board meeting board members directed Code Enforcement Officer Brian Quackenbush to issue the permit with the guidelines that racing action will not continue past 1 a.m.

Discussions in the Dundee and Starkey community about the late night noise levels from the race track began in 2016 after the track’s opening night lasted until 3 a.m. At the time, Siri explained too much water had been put on the track, creating a need for extra time to work the moisture into the clay surface. But some people who live within earshot of the track were disturbed by the extended noise that night.

Most other nights in 2016 were concluded at a normal time - generally between 10 and 11 p.m., notes Siri, who says he and his crew strive to have the night’s events wrapped up by about 10:30 p.m.

Members of the town board met with the Dundee village board last month to hear their ideas about balancing the business of the track with the community preferences.

“I want to be the best neighbor I can be,” said Siri, later adding, “I want to do everything I can to make everybody happy. I want to be here a long time. I invested a lot in this place.”

Town Council member Alan Giles said, “Tyler understands the problem, and he is making an effort to do the best he can.”

Council member Fred Shoemaker added, “He knows where we stand. He’s in a business that has to make money. I want him to be successful.”

Racing began on the clay oval at the Dundee Fairgrounds 60 years ago.

The Outlaw Speedway 2017 season begins April 20 and 21 with the Spring Nationals weekend, and continues through the spring and summer with special events throughout the season, concluding with the Dutch Hoag Memorial weekend Oct. 20 and 21.