The Checkered Flag Drops for Go-Kart Racing in Peoria

By WEEK Producer

April 6, 2011 Updated Apr 6, 2011 at 9:24 PM CST

Central Illinois Racers will no longer have to travel for their need for speed.

The Peoria Exposition Gardens is now home to a professional go-kart racing track.

The Expo Motor Speedway started as an idea among friends last year and is quickly becoming a reality.

Iron Hustler Excavating is donating time and equipment for the project.

Co-Promoter, Rick Miller, says the professional help is what will set this track apart from others, "Good quality track needs good dirt. Good quality clay that packable. We have to water the track before each race and pack it making a good hard surface. We can't have runts and bumps because go-karts only sit about a inch of the ground. It would turn people away if we have a rough track."

The Expo Motor Speedway will open this Sunday for practice runs.

The first race is scheduled for April 17th

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.