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Old 09-11-2013, 11:49 AM   #1
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Came across this: royal purple raceway fighting to remain open

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Quite often in business, what works for one company can be devasting for another company.

A meeting scheduled for September 19 in Baytown, Texas could determine the future of Royal Purple Raceway in a very negative manner.

Seth Angel, vice president and general manager for the raceway, says if a decision to allow the recycling of concrete is granted to HPP Materials his NHRA sanction and the future of the drag strip, located just outside of Houston, could be in serious jeopardy.

Angel's issue stems from a commercial recycling company, HPP Materials, and their concrete crushing operation which is located on a tract of land on the east side of the track. Angel says their large pile of concrete debris has been growing daily and as a result, the prevailing winds are blowing dust and debris into the Royal Purple Raceway property and has effected the racing surface which had to be corrected before racing could occur.

"If HPP Materials is allowed to continue with its current business plan of operating a concrete crusher and industrial waste recycling facility next door to an outdoor motorsports park that attracts over 500,000 participants and spectators annually then we will have no choice but to cease doing business as a motorsports park," explained Angel.

"Unfortunately, should we be forced to close our doors it will immediately halt the substantial economic impact our venue brings to the region, specifically to the City of Baytown and its hotel and restaurant industry."

Angel said a compromise was offered and rejected by HHP executives, citing they were operating within industry standards. He estimates HHP continues to bring in hundreds of trucks daily consisting of concrete and other debris.

About the TCEQ Public Meeting:

What: TCEQ Public Meeting: HPP Materials, Inc. Air Permit #101641

When: Thursday, September 19th, 2013 at 7:00 pm.

Where: Chambers County Community Building McLeod Park 10717 Langston Drive Mont Belvieu, TX 77523"We offered as a solution, that would be mutually beneficial for both sides, to relocate this pile of debris and the proposed rock crusher, which they don't have yet because they don't have the air permit yet ... all they are doing is stockpiling a bunch of old concrete which they hope to crush in the future," said Angel. "They have applied for a permit with the TCQ which regulates rock crushers. Once they applied for the air permit, we knew this wasn't going to work."

Angel said the concerns regarding the rock crushing business aren't hypothetical, nor are the potential negatives it could have on his facility. He confirmed one race in July had to be halted while the track was cleaned from dust blown on the racing surface during a July windstorm.

"The prevailing southeast winds are blowing this concrete dust onto our property and onto the racing surface," Angel explained. "The racing surface is sticky. Anything hits it, and it's stuck to it. It hit us once during a race weekend and has done so during the week. It's a huge problem and a severe nuisance to the raceway."

HPP has applied for an air permit with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and track officials plan to protest the granting of the permit. A TCEQ Public Meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 19, in Mont Belvieu, Texas,and RPR officials are encouraging race fans, local merchants, business partners and others to attend to show support for the race track.

"We know how loyal race fans are and we're asking everyone to come and support us at this public meeting," Angel said. "The future of professional drag racing in Houston is at stake."

The Chambers County Community Building is located at McLeod Park at 10717 Langston Drive in Mont Belvieu, Texas.

Angel confirmed the NHRA is aware of the situation and has put the facility on notice if the issue isn't resolved, they could lose not only their 2014 national event date but also the sanction.

"We just received the letter from the PRO Board of Directors yesterday," Angel said. "They were made aware of it and are concerned. At the end of the day, if the NHRA decides to pull their sanction then we're done."

Angel addressed a letter to NHRA senior vice president of racing operations Graham Light, asking that the track be kept on the 2014 national event schedule. In the 2014 schedule released by NHRA last week, Royal Purple Raceway was given the April 25-27 weekend for the race.

"Royal Purple Raceway is fully engaged to prevent HPP Materials Inc., the owner of the facility, from operating in such a manner that interferes with the activity of our raceway," Angel said in the letter.

The track also has filed a lawsuit in Chambers County, Texas, to address the operation of HPP's facility and its impact on Royal Purple Raceway.
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:55 AM   #2
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It's a drag strip? Couldn't be arsed.
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link to the first thread, please?
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thanks.
i have no doubt the issue will be resolved and the track will remain in operation but i can't help but wonder if there are altenative motives for wanting to shut down the concrete operation. a paving company and a crushed concrete business squabbling, ........imagine that. they compete for much of the same business, in one way or another. there may be more here than meets the eye.
just sayin.............
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paving company squabbling? Think it's just a conc crushing business that is moving in and the dust created blows on the track....either that or my reading comprehension sucks.
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Yes, the dust is shutting down events though.
Can you imagine a televised NHRA Spring Nationals event postponed to do...."ash/dust" from concrete company next door? Millions of dollars down the drain.
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paving company squabbling? Think it's just a conc crushing business that is moving in and the dust created blows on the track....either that or my reading comprehension sucks.
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i get it. he said two companies (one paving, one recycling) squabbling. I see one drag strip fighting the TCEQ over an Air Quality Permit for a new adjacent business.
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Ever deal with the TCEQ? They are a . I used to do environmental testing.

If they go easy on this company, there is something fishy happening.
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Seems to me that the Angel brothers who make their life in the family business, you guessed it concrete, are a bit perturbed with the competiton who moved in next door.

NHRA is in tight with them, and is playing along so they can play the economic disruption card.

They've been in the concrete and paving buinsess before they built the track, they made it because they had access to concrete and ability to pour their own, the track was superior cause it was all concrete full length.

I wouldn't worry too much.
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Seems to me that the Angel brothers who make their life in the family business, you guessed it concrete, are a bit perturbed with the competiton who moved in next door.

NHRA is in tight with them, and is playing along so they can play the economic disruption card.

They've been in the concrete and paving buinsess before they built the track, they made it because they had access to concrete and ability to pour their own, the track was superior cause it was all concrete full length.

I wouldn't worry too much.


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Great explanation.
so, Angel Bros is already there, on the other side (or nearby) of the dragstrip? I didn't see that in the article, nor am familiar with Baytown.
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... Interesting story.. I hope they don't close the track.. It's by far the best track in Texas... One of the fastest tracks in the country in the Winter air..

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so, Angel Bros is already there, on the other side (or nearby) of the dragstrip? I didn't see that in the article, nor am familiar with Baytown.
They are the owners of the track
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They are the owners of the track
I see. Didn't recall reading that fact in the article or link. Actually, even if it is conflict of interest (same business, etc.) they didn't make mention of asking TCEQ to deny the permit, just to make the company shift its process to the north end of the property so it wouldn't affect the track surface. Either way....thanks for the clarification.

from the previous thread,

We are not asking this facility to shut down, we are just asking they move their pile of concrete to the North end of their property so it will not effect the Royal Purple Raceway racing surface. I have attached the press release below and a picture of the concrete pile.
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