Richard and Vanessa Jordan have big plans for their recent purchase, a 35-acre property on West Alna Road that is home to Wiscasset Raceway.

The first order of business?

“We’re changing the name,” said Vanessa Jordan. “We’re going back to its original name, Wiscasset Speedway. We’re going back to its history.”

The Kingfield couple can only hope for a strong future after completing the purchase of the track Wednesday. The Jordans bought the property for $130,000 on July 12 at auction — well below the assessed value.

However, cleanup costs could be as much as $300,000 to satisfy Department of Environmental Protection standards. There are also back taxes totaling about $42,000 that need to be addressed.

The Jordans know they have plenty of work to do in order to reopen the track, which closed after the 2010 season. Doug White, who bought the track in 2007 for $500,000, was forced to close because of financial struggles.

“We know the track needs a lot of tender, loving care,” Vanessa Jordan said. “We have to get it cleaned up. We’ve been working pretty closely with the town, and they want us to open, too. We are working with a consultant to finalize a plan for the DEP.”

Vanessa Jordan added they plan to hold a cleanup day sometime in September.

“So many people have offered to help,” she said. “We want to hold a communty clean-up day. People have called and they want to do something.”

After a cleanup, the Jordans hope to hold one race in October.

“It would be mainly for fun,” Vanessa said. “It would just show that racing is back.”

Added Richard Jordan, who runs Jordan Lumber in Kingfield: “Now we have to start a couple of things.”

The Jordans insist they will open as a race track next season.

However, they acknowledged they may have to get creative with their facility.

“Absolutely, we want to open as a race track,” Vanessa Jordan said. “It will give us the winter to get ready for the 2013 season. But we also have to look toward the future and maybe do things differenty. There are always opportunities to lease the property out to other venues. We’ll have to include that in our plans.”

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Unity Raceway is closed, but owner Ralph Nason vowed it would re-open again, perhaps as soon as October.

“Right now, we’re in a holding pattern,” he said. “There’s no sense losing money. We’ve lost enough.”

Nason, who was leasing the track to George Fernald, Jr., said he does hope to re-open for the annual Long John on Oct. 14.

The track will also host a wrestling event and live music tonight.

“That was planned months in advance,” Nason said. “We do plan to have one more race, the Long John. But that’s the only thing that’s scheduled. Right now, it’s all I see.”

Fernald, who leased the track for five years, has said he is stepping aside at the end of this season.

Nason said Thursday morning that he has “two interested people who want to lease the track.”

“We’ll see,” Nason said. “I’m just glad there’s no more stress of (Fernald) losing his shirt on this.”

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The Pro All Stars Series North tour resumes after a week hiatus when it races for the first time at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Conn.

The 150-lap feature is at 1 p.m. Sunday.

There are just four points races remaining and Farmington native Cassius Clark is holding a slim lead in a quest for his first PASS North title.

Clark has 2,342 points while Travis Benjamin is second with 2,323. DJ Shaw is third (2,320) while six-time series champ Johnny Clark is fourth (2,314).

“We’re going in the right direction,” Cassius Clark said. “We need to keep doing what we’ve been doing.”

Clark is coming off a third-place finish at White Mountain Motorsports Park on Aug. 12 despite experiencing engine problems.

He said he hopes issues have been resolved.

“We had some time to work on it,” he said. “We’ve repaired the engine and got it all fixed up. We’ll be ready to go.”

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Left turns: The American-Canadian Tour also resumes this weekend after two weeks off. The series will be at Circuit Riverside Speedway in St. Croix in Quebec. Wayne Helliwell Jr., still holds a slim 30-point lead over Fort Kent native Austin Theriault in the standings. … Spud Speedway in Caribou is holding its final points races in all divisions this weekend. … Speedway 95 in Hermon will hold a 75-lap Late Model feature Saturday night that will pay $1,500 to the winner.

Bill Stewart — 621-5640

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