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• χ Page 6A Hays Free Press = May 3, 2017 CS CTS demise began when Tim Self, the pre- 'vious leaseholder, and his Company, AM Racing, chose not to renew for 20t7, said Rick Coleman, ~hO ownsthe property CTS is located on. Coleman said Self came to him and gave up his lease t5 months before it expired. Once Self chose to not renew, Coleman said he didn't seek another suitor, as he feared the liability a racetrack presented. "I didn't care to have it. I didn't want the liability of something happen- ing to someone on the track and I was liable for them," Coleman said. "CTS had insurance for that, but I didn't want that problem." Coleman added that he would have allowed Self to run the track "for as long ash, e wanted to," but Self was tired of it and was "moving on." Coleman began the demolition process earlier this year, remov- ing bulidings, including the press box, which was damaged during a March storm. Rodney Rodriguez, a generational racecar driver who was an an- i!ΈI: "There's a lot from Kyle, Buda, the Manchaca area and Austin ... This is their home track. Now with it being gone, they have a car in the garage doing nothing." - Christine Molls,, Kyle resident and former racecar driver are many local drivers who competed at CTS. "There's a lot from Kyle, Buda, the Manchaca area and Austin;" Molis said. "This is their home track. Now with it being gone, they have a car in the garage doing nothing." With CTS gone, drivers now must go elsewhere. Folsom said the nearest tracks in the area, located in Pleasanton and Paige, For many week- end-warrior racecar drivers, the prospect of traveling out-of- state to find an asphalt track isn't feasible. Folsom estimat- ed costs ranging from $600 and up for a driver when they add in travel expenses, pit passes, gasoline and tires for the hauling vehicle and racecar. The loss of the speed- way created an impact on Kyle as well. ]ulie Snyder, Kyle Chamber of Commerce CEO, said the speedway drew tourism due to the racing, as well as go-karts that were offered at the circult. In addition, the land was also used as a music ven- ue, with the Kyle Fair and Music Festival held at the location. In 2016, CTS claimed the Kyle Chamber's "Busi- ness of the Year" award. ' nytime we lose a business, it's a loss for us. Not only services they provide, but the financials we receive/' Snyder said. "From a visitor's side, it's tough to lose an aCtifity such as that, which Was i family oriented." For Rodriguez, the : chance to race on a unique, last-of-its kind " venue was worthwhile. BOuncer and competitor at CTS, said the decision are dirt tracks. Molls said "Because the asphalt the tra ft him dirt tracks are gaining group js so limited, it felt popularity due to aff6fd- like a very distinct group ability, of racers out there,' Ro- few asDh~t short tracks ' ........The nearest asphalt., drigiez said. "There's a lot i'de t short-tracks thh operate of tracks, but there's few former racecar driver consistently are located of us that could do that." Christine Molls said the in Louisiana, Alab~a For Folsom, the unique tosure "hurts" as there and Florida. track is something that he will miss. "It was a great track," Folsom said. "I loved racing there and I met a lot of great friends and people." 3310 B FM 967, Ste #Al10 Buda, Texas 78610 Near the corner of FM 1626 and 967 512-523-8680. Iongortho.com Good Jobs, Great Opportunity! Hiring Now ,0 Get Paid Weekly ° Competitive Pay Ctimate Controlled, Casual Dress o Opportunities for Long-term Employment On-the-spot Job Offers Amazon Recruiting Office 1401 E McCarty Ln - San Marcos, TX Monday- Saturday I 9am to 4pm Can't make it? Learn more about our latest opportunities and apply at: amazon.com/sanmarcosjobs Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer-Minority Female / IDisabilily Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation O ! PEDIATRIC AND ADULT CARE Michael Yium, MD Mark Dammert, MD Chad Whited, MD Ear & Hearing Children's ENT Thyroid and Parathyroid • Chronic Ear Infections • Ear Tube Placement • Ultrasound and • Hearing and Balance • Tonsil & Adenoid Surgery Needle Biopsy Evaluation • Thyroid and • Tinnitus (Ringing in Ears) Throat, Head & Neck Parathyroid Surgery • Dizziness & Vertigo • Sleep Apnea • Hoarseness/Vocal Cord Allergy Nose & Sinus Malfunction • Testing • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery • Allergy Shots/Drops • In-office Balloon Sinuplasty Hearing Aid & Audiological Services • Programming • Immittance Testing • Assistive Ustening • Fittings • Comprehensive Devices • Cleaning Hearing • Video Nystagmography & Repatrs Evaluations (VNG) • Earmolds • Otoacoustic • Visual • Custom Ear Plugs Emission Reinforcement • Hearing Protectior Testing (OAE) Audiometry IVRA) Amber Bass, Au.D, CCC-A Two locations to serve you LOCKHART 1180 Seton Pkwy 1005W. San Antonio Ste. 420 Ste. A Kyle, TX78640 Lockha~,TX 78644 512-268-5282 512-444-7944 "x 4- [ , i I I iii i tii ..... II .... iΈ