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Updated: 08/23/2014 01:35:16PM

Track not up to ‘Speed’

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SUN PHOTO BY ADAM KREGER

Jamie Haase, the new owner of now-named Three Palms Speedway, overlooks the empty track Friday afternoon in Punta Gorda. He's has had to delay the reopening of the speedway because the Charlotte County Airport Authority claims he owes it back rent.

SUN PHOTO BY ADAM KREGER
Jamie Haase said that after he signed the lease agreement for the speedway, he discovered there were code violations with the scoring tower (pictured here). The issue, he said, has been repaired.

SUN PHOTO BY ADAM KREGER

Some welding work had to be redone under the scoring tower.

By AL HEMINGWAY

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PUNTA GORDA — Racing enthusiasts who’ve been eagerly awaiting the sport’s return to a local track now have a bit longer to wait.

The new owners of the former Punta Gorda Speedway — Punta Gorda-based Haase Enterprises, who had planned to reopen as the Three Palms Speedway — owe two months of back rent, according to the Charlotte County Airport Authority. The lease, signed last October, stated they had nine months before they needed to begin paying rent, so they could have time for repairs to the site, which included a new fence and grandstands. That would have placed the payment in July.

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