TRACK SPOTLIGHT As a successful business owner one who is willing to push boundaries of getting people interested in events at the track from having IHRA Summit Super Series races, Nostalgia Funny Car events, and King of the South Grudge racing events which are wildly popular in South Carolina. With such a diverse lineup of events, Biegun feels it attracts all types of fans and racers who have different interests. One thing stays the same at any event Biegun runs and that is having safety personnel on hand. Biegun will never let a car run down the track without a safety professional being on site. “My goal at the end of the day is to give the racer back to their family in the same shape you entered the track,” Biegun said. The diverse lineup of events fills up South Carolina Motorplex’s calendar nearly year-round due to the moderate weather in southern South Carolina. As the saying goes, if it isn’t good for my kids it isn’t good for me. That same saying can be applied to South Carolina Motorplex located in Neeces, S.C., a short hour drive from the state capital of Columbia. Jeff Biegun, who owns RJS Racing Equipment, Seatbelt Solutions and Performance 2 Way Racing Communications, took a leap of faith at the end of 2017 purchasing the 50-acre facility from Buddy Boozer and then shortly afterwards 300 acres from his sister that was adjoining property. One of the first things Biegun did was enhance the safety of the facility by removing 1,700 feet of guardrail replacing it with concrete walls. Additional updates such as an LED Scoreboard, rotator, Jet dryer, and new track sprayer. “Replacing the guardrails was the first investment I made in the facility,” South Carolina Motorplex owner Jeff Biegun said. “The guardrails are like a can opener and are very dangerous for race cars.” The addition of the jet dryer has allowed the staff to dry the track in as little as 45 minutes, ensuring that fans go home happy seeing the most amount of racing possible each night. New timing equipment was also added and a fresh coat of paint to the track and iconic tower which was from a state penitentiary. Biegun has been around racing since the 80’s. However, being a track owner has its challenges in getting fans interested in events happening at the track. Through his time, he has seen that racing is more of a spectacle sport where fans are looking to meet celebrities. Such was the case when the Street Outlaws came to South Carolina Motorplex. The event brought in 15,000 fans, but those who came were wanting to meet the celebrities on the show. A FAMILY FRIENDLY DESTINATION 30