Staley family takes over promotions at HC Speedway

Brad and Sarah Ratcliff will handle weekly duties

The Hamilton County Speedway will be under new management during the 2018 season. Todd and Janet Staley (left) and its company TTMM Promotions will oversee the weekly and special events promotions. Sarah and Brad Ratcliff (right) will share the general manager duties and will be in charge of the operations during the weekly racing programs. Submitted photo

WEBSTER CITY — TTMM Promotions and its owners Todd and Janet Staley of Webster City have inked an agreement with the Hamilton County Fairboard to operate weekly and special event promotions at the Hamilton County Speedway for the 2018 season.

The Staley family has been involved with the speedway since 1974 when Todd worked the back of the water truck for promoter Don Cryder. He also worked for past promoters John Allison, Butch Weber, Bill Rice and the late Howard Mellinger, performing various duties from track maintenance to head flagman.

“Our No. 1 goal is to facilitate great racing on a great racing surface, starting the shows on time and running a smooth and efficient program,” Todd Staley said. “We will work to bring back the fun like it was in the glory days. In today’s economy and culture, more than ever it is all about giving the paying customer an experience unlike (any) other, and that’s what we intend to do.”

The 2018 season will begin on Saturday, April 21 with the regular season finale slated for Saturday, Aug. 25. The schedule will wrap up with the Fall Futurity on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29.

Other highly-anticipated events include the Modified Mania set for Saturday, May 12; the inaugural Boone River Bayou, which is on the docket for June 19 and 20; the Modifieds of the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup will be back on July 17; and the Lucas Oil ASCS 360 Sprint Car Series will make an appearance on Saturday, Aug. 18.

TTMM Promotions will also partner with the Hamilton County Fair for five nights of events during the annual festival, which is set for July 25-29.

Webster City husband and wife Brad and Sarah Ratcliff will share the general manager duties for the track and will be in charge of the operations at the speedway during the weekly racing programs.

New this season, weekly racing will feature the popular and fast-growing SLMR Late Models.

Other divisions set for the speedway include USRA Modified, Holley USRA Stock Car, Out-Pace USRA B-Mod and USRA Hobby Stock.

A new class that will also run weekly will be the USRA Tuners — a beginner class that is built for fun and allows new faces to get involved in dirt-track racing.

The Staley family is excited for this new venture, Todd says.

“There is a special place in our heart for the Hamilton County Speedway,” he said.

Whether you are a life-long supporter of the speedway or a novice to the sport, Staley is hopeful that the entire community will come together to show its support.

“We are going to start working on sponsorships and our No. 1 goal is to get the whole city, community, county and surrounding counties involved with the race track,” Staley said.

Todd and Janet Staley have also owned and operated the United States Racing Association (USRA) since 2002. The USRA sanctions weekly racing at nearly 50 premier dirt tracks throughout the United States.

The Hamilton County Speedway is the oldest speedway in the state of Iowa, opening in July of 1910. In 1938, work began on the current location at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds.