The Pollard family’s decades-long dream of regaining ownership of Senoia Raceway is set to come true.
Track owner Charlie Edwards, who purchased the 3/8-mile dirt oval from the Pollard family in 1981 after the untimely death of the track’s co-founder Hence Pollard at the age of 52, said this week that he has agreed to sell the facility back to the Pollard family.
“I’ve had other people interested in the property, but when Sonny Pollard told me he wanted to buy it back, I told him: ‘It’s yours,’” Edwards said. “We haven’t signed the papers yet, but as far as I’m concerned the track now belongs to the Pollards. And even though I’m 80 years old and not able to do the physical work I once did, I’ve told Sonny I’ll do everything I can to help them be successful in running the race track.”
Sonny Pollard, whose father Hence and David Bishop built Senoia Raceway in 1969, said he’s pleased to have the opportunity to purchase one of the cornerstones of Georgia short track racing.
“I’ve always wanted to buy it back, but I never thought I’d have the chance,” Pollard said. “I was too young to really learn the business when my parents ran it, but I’ll do what it takes to make it a great place for families to come and enjoy some of the best racing around.”
Pollard said he appreciates the efforts over the years of Edwards – and all the other promoters who have run the track since his family operated it – and thankful for the drivers and fans who have supported the track over the years.
“They’re all a part of the history of Senoia Raceway, and they’ve all made contributions that have helped it survive for more than 50 years,” he said.
Sonny Pollard said that while he’ll miss traveling across the country to support his son Bubba Pollard in his racing ventures, he’s anxious to get to work updating the facility, which is located next door to his residence.
“There are a lot of improvements we want to make to improve the experience for fans and drivers,” he said. “Like everything else we do, all of our family will be involved in making Senoia Raceway a real showplace.”
Pollard has not announced a schedule as yet, but plans to hold several practice sessions prior to a season opener in April.
An updated website and social media contacts for Senoia Raceway will be unveiled soon.
-Senoia Raceway Press Release
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo