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Knoxville Raceway Manager Resigns Over Delay in Expansion Project

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KNOXVILLE, Iowa — The general manager of the Knoxville Raceway is resigning his position in response to a decision to postpone an expansion project that had previously been approved by the Marion County Fair Board.

Brian Stickel tells Channel 13’s Michael Admire his resignation will go into effect after the Knoxville Nationals, which are August 12th to the 15th.  Stickel says there was a “change of working conditions here that made it impossible to work here.”

Stickel’s choice to resign is based off of the Fair Board’s decision to hold off on a multi-million dollar expansion project. Dennis Haselhun with the Fair Board says they are delaying the project in order to make sure the funding is still in place.

Stickel says the project delay, “Makes it difficult to raise funds. It’s just not a situation I can work with.”

KNIA/KRLS News first reported on Stickel’s resignation and says the expansion project would have included a four-story building that would include 50 to 60 suites at the track.

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