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RG Crushing

CHEHALIS, WASHINGTON, FIRM HOPES TO TURN THE RIDGE MOTORSPORTS PARK INTO A ONE-OF-A-KIND DRIVING/RACING DESTINATION

December 11, 2015

“Komatsu is the most productive, most reliable and most cost-effective”

RG Crushing

In 2011, Rusty Gill, at the time the owner of RG Construction, started work on a 2.47-mile road course racetrack in Shelton, Washington. The Ridge Motorsports Park, which opened for business in 2012, was a labor of love for Gill, a long-time racing fan and participant.

“Since I’m a racing enthusiast, it was a great job for me,” said Gill. “It became more than a job when I was presented with an opportunity to invest in the track. In 2014, that investment expanded into an ownership role with another longtime area businessman and racing enthusiast, Joe Manke. Today, Joe and I are partners in the venture, and we’re excited about the future of it.”

Located 20 miles northwest of Olympia, The Ridge Motorsports Park is nestled between the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges with remarkable views of Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens. In its short history, the track has been very successful. The road course has a full slate of events throughout the year, with car and motorcycle races, various car club and race club activities, driver training, corporate events and more on the schedule. The facility also recently opened its Olympic Grand Prix kart track – a one-fifth-scale version of the road course with all the same features as the original. The six-tenths-ofa- mile course includes rental karts for the general public to take a spin.

“Racing can be expensive,” Gill noted. “With our kart track, people can get a taste of racing at an entry-level price. We’re excited about being able to introduce the sport to more people, especially young people.”

Big fan of Komatsu and Modern

Gill sold RG Construction in 2014 but retained RG Crushing, a sister company, and with it, the rights to the motorsports park project. This summer, RG Crushing completed an addition to the road course and will complete any future site work there as well. However, The Ridge is just a tiny part of RG Crushing’s workload. The company’s primary job is working for large timber farm owners to provide portable rock crushing; road and bridge construction and maintenance; and other earthwork and pipework services that forestry customers require.

To do those jobs, RG Crushing has a large fleet of Komatsu equipment that includes 15 excavators, a half-dozen dozers, five wheel loaders, three off-road trucks, three jaw crushers and a motor grader.

“I’m a big fan of Komatsu and Modern Machinery,” said Gill. “I’ve run about every brand of equipment. I think, across-the-board, Komatsu is the most productive, most reliable and most cost-effective. The support we get from Sales Rep Jim Stevens and everybody at Modern couldn’t be better. I totally trust them. They’re all looking out for me and what’s in my best interest – rather than trying to figure out what they can get out of me.”

Just scratching the surface

RG Crushing

While it’s already an impressive facility, Gill believes The Ridge Motorsports Park is “just scratching the surface” of what it will eventually be.

“Our goal is to be a world-class motorsports facility and be widely recognized as such. Right now we have the road course and the kart track. In the future, we’re looking to add a motocross track, an off-road circuit for truck racing, a dragstrip and some oval racing. We’ll be one of the few places in the world with such a wide range of motorsport activities all in one place – and I don’t think any of the other facilities can match the ambience and stunning scenery we have here.

“We want to be a facility where anybody with interest in any aspect of motorsports, especially people from the Pacific Northwest, can come out and enjoy their passion,” he added. “We feel as though we’re off to a good start and we’re optimistic about what lies ahead.”

If you’re interested in learning more about what the track has to offer, visit www.ridgemotorsportspark.com.