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Stock car racing is to return to Guam in April for the first time in more than a decade.

On the third weekend in April, the Guam International Racetrack in Yigo will race three classes of stock cars — mini-trucks, mini-cars and front-wheel minis, said George Flores, who is coordinating the races. In time, Flores hopes to add more racing classes.

"It’s really, real home-grown racing," Flores said in a recent telephone interview.

A report in the Pacific Daily News earlier this month said the U.S. military might be interested in using race track land as it expands its presence on Guam in coming years.

Last weekend, a spokesman from the Joint Guam Program Office wrote in an e-mail that the military is looking at land outside its current footprint to accommodate the planned buildup, which includes moving 8,000 U.S. Marines from Okinawa.

Capt. Neil Ruggiero, however, wrote in the e-mail that the military has so far not negotiated with any property holders on the island about obtaining land.

Flores said he expects many from the military community to take part in the races, which will be held every other weekend.

To race, drivers must join the race track, which is about a $45 fee for each six-month season. Once a member, drivers will be timed to determine class and starting position.

"Then you’re off and running," he said.

The cost for spectators at the track will be $3 per person and $10 for a family in a car, he said.

For more details e-mail Flores at georgemflores@hotmail.com or call 688-1119.


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