Fan saves Arroyo Seco -- by buying it


There’s one sure way to make sure your local track continues its tradition of racing: buy it.

That’s what Roger Heemsbergen did when he found out the Arroyo Seco Raceway in Deming, N.M., was in danger of closing.

Nothing against the high-performance driving school that was expected to take over, but, "That would have killed the bike series and the drag races, and would have been bad for the area," he told the Silver City Sun-News. "Instead of getting 100 people to show up every weekend, you'd get 10."

At first Heemsbergen and wife Michelle kept their day, but the track demanded they make it a full-time occupation.

"Most people don't realize how much work it is to keep up a property this big," Heemsbergen says of the 137-acre plot of land.

Now, the couple run Arroyo Seco Raceway full-time, spending the week keeping the place up and getting ready for each weekend's race. During the week, they also host high performance driving training for local law enforcement like the Do-a Ana Sheriff's Office, Las Cruces Police Department and White Sands Missile Range, the newspaper reported.

Posted by Holly Wagner