More Fans Upset at Boone Raceway Promoter

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BOONE, Iowa -- The actions of a race promoter at the Boone Speedway are getting a lot of attention.

This weekend, the promoter allegedly threatened to indefinitely ban fans in wheelchairs if they didn't move to a handicap area.

On Facebook, The Boone Speedway apologized to one fan that was featured on Channel 13 News Sunday night but failed to mention the other fans who say they were also mistreated.

“The promoter approached me and wanted me to move clear down to turn four for handicap seating which there is none. It wasn`t marked and then they came out later and spray painted it,” says Tristan West of Panora.

West and his Dad, Mark Sheeder have been attending events at the Boone Raceway for more than 20 years, and never had a problem in the past.

West said the area they were asked to move to is dangerous and usually off-limits.

“If he actually cared about his fans he would put them in the grandstands and keep everybody safe because down there I was not safe at all.”

West says he arrives hours before the race to get his seat and have never been asked to move.

West said the promoter told him his wheelchair was a safety hazard, and did so by talking down to him and others.

“I’ve never had a problem before, if it was a problem they should have said something a long time ago that is was a fire hazard and then should probably have had something done about.”

Sheeder said he was shocked at the way his son and others were spoken to.

“This one individual by belittling and embarrassing took a part of these people`s dignity from them and that`s what`s so sad.”

West says he said he's not looking for any special treatment but would like an apology for the way he was treated.

The track didn't return Channel 13’s calls but online said they plan to have a designated handicap accessible area for the 2016 season.


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