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Contractors sue for pay of track bills

SPOKANE, Wash. - Six contractors are suing Spokane County over some $1.1 million in unpaid bills at the auto racetrack the county owns on the West Plains.
     
The contractors contend the county was negligent in allowing the tracks operator, Austin Motorsports Management, to order hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs without obtaining the required performance bonds that would have guaranteed payment.
     
Bucky Austin won the contract to run the track early this year, but fell behind on paying bills. Austin has been stripped of the contract by county commissioners.

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Spokane County terminates raceway contract

Thursday afternoon, Spokane County commissioners terminated the contract to operate the Spokane County Raceway Park in Airway Heights with operator Bucky Austin.

The contract termination follows a 'Letter of Default' presented to Austin Motorsports Management, LLC by Spokane County in September. In that letter, county officials cited more than $1 million in outstanding bills from local contractors yet to be paid.

Austin Motorsports had 60 days to cure four separate bases outlined in that letter, one of which was failure to pay the outstanding amounts owed to contractors for work done at the raceway. Failure to do so resulted in the contract being terminated.

According to Board Chair Todd Mielke, Thursday's action was an unfortunate conclusion to a successful first season. >>More

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