Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Marysville's NASCAR dreams inch closer: Marysville and Snohomish County officials announced Tuesday that two Marysville-area sites are the front-runners in the race to land a National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing track.
Officials made the announcement after a morning meeting with representatives from International Speedway Corp., the company that owns 12 of the nation's largest auto-racing facilities. The motor sports giant is looking to expand into the Pacific Northwest and has been eyeing locations in Washington and Oregon.
International Speedway wants to start racing in the Pacific Northwest by 2008. It's an untapped market, company officials say, because Infineon Raceway, formerly known as Sears Point, in Sonoma, Calif., is the closest track that hosts NASCAR's premium Nextel Cup races.