Below is a statement sent to 22News from the Southwick American Legion Post 338 Executive Board:
We were saddened and disappointed to read in various news reports that our contract negations with Motocross 338 had fallen through. In our last contact with Motocross 338 they said they were going to get back to us either after the Nationals event or by the end of their racing season. We believed that they were negotiating with the town of Southwick for the necessary permits and with MX Sports for a contract renewal. So to find out that we were at an impasse was a surprise to say the least. We had heard rumors, but we were never contacted.
American Legion Post 338 is committed to two things. First, we want to provide as much support to area veterans as possible. Secondly, we want to continue to maintain our track as an area where people can enjoy motocross. In line with that, we will immediately begin to contact people to run the track starting next year and for the foreseeable future. We will endeavor to ensure that this will continue to be a place where people can enjoy motocross, both as a participant and a spectator.
As far as running the Nationals in Southwick next year we will do everything we can to maintain it at our track. After we hire someone to manage the track we will find out who has control over where the event will take place, be that MX Sports or Motocross 338, and see what can be done to hold the event in Southwick. We feel it is important for the people of Southwick and motocross fans in the area that motocross is available at our track and we will do whatever we can to keep it that way.