A North Carolina race track will be coming back to life in 2020. Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, North Carolina has been purchased by a new ownership group, TriCo Entertainment, LLC., with plans to race during the 2020 season at the 4/10-mile pavement oval.
Tri-County Motor Speedway began life as a dirt track before being paved in the late 1980’s. The venue was known for exciting racing, with multiple grooves providing side-by-side action around the track.
A group of four buyers, including brothers Shane and Shad Higgins, their father Buddy Higgins and Chris Worley have purchased the facility from the Casola family which previously owned the speedway.
Shane Higgins is excited to bring more racing to the fan-favorite facility for the 2020 season.
“We just want to get racing back to this area, get this track going like it was in the 90’s,” Higgins told Speed51. “I had been a racer for years. We quit racing when my son started racing. It’s something we’ve looked at a couple of times and we made an offer on it.
“The four of us are super excited. We’re looking forward to filling the grandstands and pits back up.”
While plans are not solidified for the 2020 season, the new ownership group posted on Facebook a picture of the roadside sign at the entrance of the facility advertising a March 2020 return. Between now and then, plenty of hard work will take place to make racing a reality.
“We’ve got a lot of work yet to do on the race track,” Higgins said. “We’re still trying to finalize a sanctioning body. There’s still a lot to do, but we’re working every day to put that stuff in motion.”
While the facility has remained open for occasional special events, featuring touring series such as the CARS Tour, Southeast Limited Late Model Series and Southeast Super Trucks, weekly racing has not been part of the speedway since 2011. The new ownership group hopes to foster a stronger relationship with local and Caldwell County government in order to bring more frequent events to the venue.
“We’re going to do everything we can do to be a good part of the community, the neighborhood and the county. We’ll do everything we can to be a good neighbor.”
Above all, Higgins promises a fair and affordable racing venue for fans and competitors alike, where he hopes to bring the North Carolina venue back to its prior glory.
“Everybody work with us and give us a shot. We’ll be fair to everybody. We’ll be very competitive, ticket price-wise. We’re looking forward to filling up the grandstands and the pits again.”
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 photo