The Daily Times

San Juan County is full of historic attractions, but few are more exciting than the area's racing venues.

SunRay Park and Casino hosts the local horse-racing action. Ricketts Park hosts the race to the Connie Mack World Series championship in baseball. And Aztec Speedway hosts the "best dirt racin' in the basin."

While that statement is self-proclaimed, few can argue it.

The Speedway will celebrate its 60th anniversary when the season begins April 28.

Despite earlier tension with the Sandel family, which owns Aztec Welling Services and the land directly adjacent to the race track, Jason Sandel's company Micon Land purchased the land lease in 2010. Micon Land promised to keep the track alive on behalf of the community.

That promise has been hard to keep: The track faces financial deficits almost every year, which added up to a $70,000 last year, but Sandel is determined to make Aztec Speedway a historic and significant attraction.

Local companies investing in local interests. That's what communities like ours are all about.

Aztec Speedway provides the racing community with a track to show off its cars, which are usually built and worked on by the drivers themselves, and provides the general community with a different form of entertainment.

This season, which runs through Oct. 6, comprises 17 major events, including the annual Ryan Bard Memorial race, May 26-27; the Red, White and Zoom, July 6-7; the Floyd Reynolds Memorial, Sept. 1-2; and a cancer benefit Oct. 6.

Looking for an entertainment option? Consider getting away from the TV and the computer and get yourself a little dirty at Aztec Speedway.

You might be racing back faster than you think.