Graves on Racing
• BILL GRAVES Graves tapped for racing board I Former governor I to join International Speedway board ByThf AMOOIiittdPrtM TOPEKA-BludraveshRd a hand in building a major mo< torsports venue In Kansas and , loves auto racing, Now the for^ mar two-term governor will l^elp guide International Speedway Corp. .:. Graves, 60, was appointed > ' Septv 8 to ISO's board of direo- . , tors, The Daytona, Fla., based J motorsports company is the . - p ^ent company of Kansas , Sjpledway. a l,S-mUe racetrack .'•'' in western,Wyandotte County. '\ ^' "It feels UHe a really good fit. ^ ' J do have a real passion for mole; ^o^sports,',' Graves said Thurs:' ''d»y in a telephone interview from his office in Alexandria, Va., where he serves as president of the American Trucking Associations. Shareholders will vote on Graves' appointment at a meeting InAprll. The directorship would be for a three- year term. "Former Gov, Graves will provide a valuable, independent resource for the company's experienced board of directors," ISC Chairman Bill France Jr., said in a statement. Graves noted that many 6f the ATA's members are major sponsors of I4ASCAR teams, such as UFS ancl Overlahd GRAVES Park-based Yellow Freight. , Graves served as governor from 1996 to 2003. He has been a supporter of — and fbtture at — Kansas Speedway during Its first two seasons, when the track hosted NASCAR and Indy Racing League races. He said he prefers to watch races from the Infield rather than luxury suites so he csih hear the sounds and smell the racing up close. Jeff Boerger, president of Kansas Speedway, said Graves was instrumental in guiding legislation through the Legislature to secure fUndlng for the speedway during the late 1990s. "I think it's a good choice for International Speedway Corporation, as well as Kansas Speedway," Boerger said. "He has a wealth of knowledge. "MyflrstcaUtoBlUwasto congratulate him and tell him that If he ever had the opportunity to vote on lights for Kansas, vote yes," said Boerger, adding he realizes Graves must to consider the needs of all ISC tracks, which Include speedways in Daytona, Fla., Talladega, Ala';, and In California. Kansas, with more than 80,00iD grandstand seats, has asked that lights be Installed for night racing, especially for the IRL race in July, when daytime temperatures routinely exceed 100 degrees. Graves plans to attend the Oct. 6 NASCAR Winston Cup Banquet 400 race at Kansas Speedway and he admits he'll be walking around the pit^ and garages with a different perspective. *'It's awfUlly exciting, awfully gratifying," Graves said. "I hope I can be of service to the shareholders of ISC."