Promoters suing over equipment

GLEN – Former Glen Ridge Motorsports Park promoters are suing to get equipment back from the track.

Former promoters Jake Spraker and Mike Romano filed the lawsuit against Jeffrey and James Hayes, owners of Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, in state Supreme Court in Montgomery County on Feb. 19.

Spraker and Romano leased the track from the Hayes brothers from 2008 to 2012.

According to the lawsuit, the lease was an oral agreement with the Hayes brothers for Spraker and Romano to operate the speedway for the purpose of promoting and presenting weekly stock-car racing events from April to September.

At the end of the 2012 season, Spraker and Romano decided they wouldn’t return as promoters for the 2013 season. According to the lawsuit, they claimed the enterprise no longer was profitable.

During their tenure as track promoters, Romano and Spraker said in the lawsuit they bought several pieces of equipment, including bleachers, stadium lights, concrete barriers and blocks, toilets, plumbing, a water-holding tank and a lap-counter scoreboard. Other purchases included vehicles and electronic timing and scoring loops.

The lawsuit claims the plaintiffs are entitled to the possession of the items. They are asking for seizure of the items “together with such other relief as the court deems just, fair and equitable.”

In addition to the property that still remains at the speedway, Spraker and Romano are seeking $47,100.

“They own some of the bleachers; we own all the new aluminum bleachers,” Spraker said last week.

The lawsuit claims Spraker and Romano are not allowed onto the property by the defendants.

According to the lawsuit, the Hayes brothers said Spraker and Romano blew up the engine in a water truck. The suit also said the Hayes brothers regretted not charging Spraker and Romano more rent in 2009, 2010 and 2011, when the enterprise was profitable.

According to the lawsuit, Spraker and Romano paid rent per their oral agreement with the Hayeses.

Receipts for items purchased were submitted as evidence to the court.

Spraker said a trial could begin March 12.

With Romano and Spraker choosing not to return as promoters, Peter and Matt Demitraszek have taken over the quarter-mile dirt track.

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