Oil shuts down Paincourtville raceway
The No Problem Raceway in Belle Rose can't quite live up to its name these days. That's because it sits empty, filled not with fans but with fumes of oil and natural gas that have been spewing from a blown out well for nine days.
Local officials cancelled races last weekend and officially shut the raceway down Monday, leaving drag strip manager Paul Cartwright and his wife without an income and living in a fishing cabin several miles down the road.
The Cartwrights' home is just yards from the raceway within the mile radius that has been evacuated, leaving the Cartwrights and their neighbors unable to live in their homes.
September begins one of the busiest times of year for the raceway, a bridge Cartwright says he will cross when he comes to it. He does not plan to file a claim for lost income but hopes the oil company will, as he says, "do the right thing" and re-imburse him.
The raceway remains closed indefinitely, though Cartwright is optimistic he will be able to re-open the track by September. One of the track's biggest events of the year is the second weekend in September.