At the time of purchase, the speedway grounds had become dilapidated at the hands of the previous promotional team. Harpell immediately began to make major facility improvements, essentially completely rebuilding the facility. Major overhauls included new stadium lighting, all new fencing and poles. Every bleacher was replaced including an above ground metal grandstand. Walkways were paved and the backstretch area was cleaned up and developed into what serves as today's pit area. The track layout itself was transformed as well. as the concrete block retaining walls were put in place in the turns and the turns widened to make for the great racing seen today. In addition, an inner loop was built to help develop the skills of youngsters and future racing stars.