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January 4, 2014

Suit against Redline Raceway scheduled

CADDO MILLS — It will be this summer before a lawsuit filed by Hunt County and State of Texas officials against a Caddo Mills drag strip more than two years ago goes to trial.

The owners and operators of the business have all issued formal denials to allegations of illegal dumping included under the suit, filed in July 2011.

Testimony in the case filed against Redline Raceway is scheduled to begin June 23 in the 196th District Court.

The suit names Harry Hronas, owner of Redline Raceway; Kelly Duncan, the strip’s general manager and Jerry Goss, the race track’s former manager as defendants.

The attorneys for Duncan and Goss each filed formal general denials with the court, while Hronas submitted a handwritten response on his own.

 In an interview shortly after the lawsuit was filed, Hronas told the Herald-Banner he believed the suit was part of an effort to shut down the track at the intersection of Interstate 30 and Farm-to-Market Road 1565.

“There’s somebody out there trying to steal the property ... and they don’t have the guts to come up and face me,” Hronas said at the time.

Greenville attorney Daniel W. Ray filed the suit on behalf of Hunt County, the State of Texas and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality against Redline Raceway and the owners and managers of the strip.

According to the suit, on or about March 2010, the company dumped hazardous chemicals, gasoline, asphalt, concrete and a refrigeration unit into and adjacent to Brushy Creek. The dumping allegedly included asphalt scraped from the raceway’s one-eighth mile drag strip in March 2011, as well as more than 30 metal 55-gallon drums labeled with “VHT”, a brand of racing fuel.

The suit claimed at least one of the barrels was actively leaking its contents, an assertion which Hronas said was completely false.

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