After having to postpone Saturday’s Pro All Stars Series race due to rain, Star Speedway promoter Bobby Webber, Jr. showed up to the race track Monday morning expecting an easy week. As he pulled into the parking lot at the quarter-mile bullring in Epping, New Hampshire, he noticed that something was wrong.
“I showed up and I noticed some of the barrels were knocked over in the parking lot,” Webber told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I got looking and I’m like, ‘What the hell?’ It looked like they were playing bumper cars with them.”
In addition to the trash barrels being knocked over, the facility in general appeared to be much messier than it looked Saturday when he left the track. Webber continued into the pit area where he noticed more trash barrels knocked over, more of a mess and destroyed billboards.
As he continued to investigate what may have occurred over night at his race track, Webber noticed that a storage shed in the pit area had also been broken into. Among other things, the shocks that went to his 350 Super were missing.
It became clear to Webber at that time that somebody had broken into his family-owned race track and vandalized the property.
“It’s more of a mess than anything,” he said. “You get to the race track on Monday and you think that you can get ahead on some stuff, and then you have to clean up somebody else’s mess. There were a couple billboards that I didn’t have the chance to put up that they destroyed, so I have to remake those now because they ran them over and roughed them up.”
Thankfully, the damage caused will not have a large financial impact on Webber and the Speedway. He said that most of the carnage can be fixed through time and hard work.
After posting about the mischief on Facebook Monday morning, the racing community bonded together to support the race track. Many people called to offer assistance and race fans throughout the country shared the post to bring awareness to the events that occurred.
“I had a couple guys that showed up to help me yesterday and today,” explained Webber. “The first person who showed up to help was a kid I DQ’d at the Bunny Brawl. He was the very first one to call and offer to help. He could have had a chip on his shoulder for throwing him out, but there’s something about racing where everyone comes together when you need it no matter what.
“People from Bronson Speedway (in Florida) and everything. I was looking at it this morning and (my son) Tim was like, ‘Have you seen how many people that has reached now?’ It was like 300,000 people with like 10,000 shares or something.”
Webber believes he may know the person(s) responsible for vandalizing the race track, but doesn’t have any sort of concrete evidence to prove it at this time.
“I have an idea who it is, but I’m just waiting for them to be stupid enough to blab. If it’s who I think it was it’s a neighbor just being a stupid, punk kid.
“If it’s the kid I was thinking it’s an older big diesel truck so it wouldn’t do much damage to it, or at least any more than what’s already been done to it. It’s just one of those things that is a pain in the a– more than anything, it just sucks.”
Although cleaning up the damage is no fun task, Webber admitted that it could have been a lot worse. With the help of the racing community behind him the facility will be looking better than ever for this weekend’s season opener at the New Hampshire bullring.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Star Speedway