Just a few short days after hosting its most highly-anticipated event of the season, Holland Speedway (NY) track owner Ron Bennett has placed the historic 3/8-mile race track on the market.
On Saturday evening, the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series was in town for the Thunder in the Hills 100, a race won by Matt Hirschman. One day later, it was reported by The Buffalo News that the track is for sale.
While some would assume that the racing would be discontinued, owner and promoter Ron Bennet assured racers and fans that the racing would continue as long as the track was under his ownership, even if the track isn’t sold until next year.
Bennett has been an owner of the New York-based short track since June of 1960 when he and two of his long-time friends, Gordon Becker and Richard Knox, partnered to open the track. The track has carried NASCAR sanctioning since 1968 after converting to an asphalt track from its original dirt form.
"I've been here since 1960 when I built the track," Bennett told The Buffalo News. "I had a couple of partners who retired and I'm up in age now and I'm looking at it and I have no problems running it but it's time to move on. I'm looking at somebody who is really a serious interested party. There's 135 acres here. It's a big facility. I'm not being pressured it's just that if there's a time that somebody comes up that I think is worthy and can do it, I'll consider it.”
Over the years both Becker and Knox retired, leaving Bennett as the sole owner of Holland Speedway. He is currently in his 58th year of owning and promoting the race track.
Like many tracks, Holland has recently been hit with some hard times and Bennett, while he has enjoyed the ride, feels that the time has come for him to sell the track and let someone with a passion for racing revive the racing.
"But right now Gordon Becker is the point man as we go through it and we'll see. It's not that we're bailing out. It's not like we're closing it. It's not that. It's going to continue. If I don't sell this year then I'll be here next year but time marches on. I can tell you that 58 years is a long time,” Bennett said.
Fortunately for racers and fans of Holland Speedway the racing action will continue even with the speedway on the market. Bennett is accepting serious inquiries only and all inquiries will go through Gordon Becker and then be passed through to Bennett.
Story by: Hannah Newhouse, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
Photo by: Speed51.com/MoJo Photos