After months of rumors and uncertainty, Concord Speedway (NC) officials posted on the track’s Facebook page Tuesday that a sale of the speedway property is imminent, and all racing for the 2019 season at the facility would be halted.
The Facebook post, written by track marketing director Jennifer Campbell, also offered its gratitude and appreciation for those who supported Concord Speedway, in addition to announcing plans to crown 2019 track champions based on the events completed to date.
“I just wanted to say a quick thank you to all the competitors, teams, fans and coworkers that I have had the pleasure to get to know during my past ten years while working at Concord Speedway,” the Facebook post reads. “My family and I are truly blessed to have gotten to know so many wonderful people through the years.
“The sale of the speedway is expected to be finalized later this month,” the post adds. “I will be reaching out to the Champion in each division to arrange getting your 2019 Championship trophy to you.”
The motorsports facility, situated southeast of Concord, North Carolina, featured a quarter-mile oval for INEX Legend and Bandolero racers (with a 1/5-mile oval enclosed within), as well as a unique half-mile high-banked tri-oval that has previously hosted popular short track racing events.
The half-mile started life at a slightly shorter distance, a conventional 4/10-mile dirt oval built by Henry Furr. After several years of operation as a dirt track, Furr paved and re-configured the venue, adding the signature “dogleg” in place of the former backstretch to give it a unique tri-oval shape.
Concord Speedway is perhaps best known historically for its Big 10 Series, which drew a veritable “who’s who” of Super Late Model competitors throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Former Big 10 champions include Jack Sprague, Rich Bickle, Freddie Query and Robbie Faggart, and the series also hosted racers such as Bobby Labonte, Ernie Irvan, Bobby Gill and Dave Mader, III.
Concord Speedway also became the long-time home of the North-South Shootout, a Tour-type Modified event contested at the half-mile from 2003 to 2010 as well as from 2015 to 2018. North-South Shootout winners at Concord include John Blewett, III., Donny Lia, Matt Hirschman, Burt Myers, Justin Bonsignore, Andy Seuss and Jon McKennedy. Following his passing in 2007, the Modified feature of the North-South Shootout was named the John Blewett, III Memorial in memory of the race’s inaugural winner.
The venue was also a staple of several touring series, such as the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, the NASCAR Goody’s Dash Series, the UARA STARS Late Model Series and more recently the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models, the CARS Tour and the Southern Modified Racing Series.
Speed Sport reports Copart will be purchasing Concord Speedway. Copart is a provider of online vehicle auctions, typically but not exclusively featuring damaged or recovered stolen vehicles on behalf of insurance companies. Attempts to reach track officials Tuesday afternoon by Speed51 were unsuccessful.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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