Capital City Speedway needs a new operator, and fast

Capital City Speedway Sign / Photo by Glen Gower.

The owners of Capital City Speedway just west of Stittsville are looking for a new operator, with only a few weeks left before the traditional start of racing season.

“We’ve had a couple new guys come along and we’re doing a little dance with them to see if they have the right means of finance and mindset. Running an outdoor stock car track is a total different animal,” says owner Russell Drummond.

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In December, the Speedway posted a note to their blog stating that a minimum investment of $60,000 was required to run the facility, but Drummond says that’s not necessarily an accurate price.

The previous operator was Todd Gow, who ran the speedway for four years. “We were really sad to see [him] leave, it was a heck of a job he’s done,” says Drummond. “He bought some t-shirts and equipment for the drag strip, and equipment for the drifting. I’m not sure how much he would like to sell for to the next person coming along. It’s probably negotiable.”

Drummond says his family’s construction company has owned the track for the past eight or ten years. They’ve leased it out to an operator every year, except for one.

“It took away attention from our meat-and-potato business. We’re in construction and fuel. Having a family-run business, it’s already tight. We’re not a big corporate company we wear a lot of different hats. We just can’t look after it,” he says.

“The word is out there and we’ve talked to some different people, and hopefully optimistic that something will come out of it. We’re not in panic mode, but sooner would better.”

Besides the investment, Drummond says whoever takes over the lease will have the benefit of pretty much a full staff from the year before.

“There’s only two positions that I know of for sure that we need to have replaced. Our announcer, Motormouth, has retired. Our race director has also retired I believe. It’s only a couple of guys. The advertisers are happy to come back I’m pretty sure.”

And if they don’t find an operator?

“Do you delay the season? I think that’s what would probably happen. Are we hoping that happens? No. But that’s what probably happens. We wouldn’t want to see that. The money that we get form rent probably pays 2/3 of the property taxes on the facility. That’s all we’ve been getting from past lessees. It’s not a money-making venture for us.”

If you’d like to run the Speedway this summer, you can reach Drummond at 613-226-4444.


1 thought on “Capital City Speedway needs a new operator, and fast”

  1. Why can’t Tomlinson run the track? Their filthy rich. Or Minto ? Their rich enough. How about a hockey player? Surly he can give up one game salary to let the poor people race there cars and bikes. Theirs so many rich people in Ottawa. I guess their too cheap to share the wealth. You rich people of Ottawa should be ashamed of yourselves. Greedy! Not rich enough! Your boats not big enough. Your cottage needs a pool ans sauna. Pay for the poor to play. Come on you can’t take it with you when you die. God will know your cheap and you’ll go to hell .

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