Three men — Randy Anderson, Greg Peterson and Randy Sweeney — have been working since last October on ”Stateline Speedway: The First 10 Years.”
The film will showcase the drivers who helped lay the foundation for what the dirt track on Kortwright Road in Busti is today.
More than 50 drivers from the era have been interviewed to collect information for the documentary.
Anderson, the ”unofficial historian” of Stateline Speedway, said that he began writing the script for the film in January. Production for the film is being done by All Sound Media in Warren, the company that handled the group's previous film about the Roll-O-Bowl Speedway, which operated in Watts Flats from 1956 to 1960.
Old-time Stateline drivers were found as far away as Florida and the Carolinas, Anderson said. Some of those interviews were done by phone, but the filmmakers traveled to meet some drivers up to a few hours away.
Anderson said that when the film is completed and sold, all proceeds will be put back into the fund to be used on future projects, though he is not sure at this time what those projects might be.
Footage for the documentary will be shot Saturday night at Stateline Speedway during Sammy LaMancuso Night, when Peterson will be riding along in LaMancuso's refurbished 1971 Dodge Charger during a handful of ceremonial laps. Racer Dick Barton will be following along with another videographer to film the moment from other angles. LaMancuso's car may not fit the time frame of the documentary, the driver inside it certainly does.
Saturday is also “Fan Appreciation Night” at Stateline, with special lowered admissions of $4 plus $1 for grandstand seats and $7 plus $1 for pit passes. The extra dollar will go toward the Stateline Legacy Fund.
”Stateline Speedway: The First 10 Years” will have its debut showing at the Robert H. Jackson Center on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m.