BRANSON, Mo. (AP) -- Hollister businessman Russell Cook says he thinks Branson would be a perfect site for a speedway for NASCAR races.
Cook is proposing a 1 1/4-mile track on 800 acres he owns near the Branson Airport. Cook, who is in construction and land development, says he hopes to start construction by February on the track. He says it would seat 80,000 to 100,000 people and cost an, estimated $150 million.
Cook tells The Springfield News-Leader that a group of Atlanta investors has agreed to help finance the project. He says he hopes to take formal plans to the Taney County Commission next month.
The proposed track is northeast of the junction of highways 65 and 86 near Branson.
Cook says the Branson track likely would have to start with Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series events before being considered for a Sprint Cup race.
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