Ricky Nelson with Pro Oval Partners announced Tuesday on social media that his management team would be stepping away as promoters of Spokane Super Oval in Airway Heights, WA and canceling their scheduled events for the remainder of the 2018 season. The announcement created a stir across the Pacific Northwest with this being the second track to close for the 2018 season after Yakima Speedway closed down in January.
Spokane County Raceway is a multi-motorsports facility that has a road-course, drag strip and oval. Craig Smith holds the lease across the entire property that is owned by Spokane County and was sub-leasing the oval track to Nelso. This is the second time in a five-year stretch that the Spokane Super Oval promoter has stepped away from their sub-lease with Smith.
“It kind of came out of nowhere for Pro Oval Partners to step away from the track,” Smith told Speed51.com. “We’re going to talk with a few people over the next few days and will be giving the opportunity for track rentals for events in 2018.”
The announcement brought many questions from racers and fans across the Northwest. One of those questions is the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race scheduled at the oval on July 14.
Speed51.com’s Bob Dillner spoke with Bill McAnally, who is the promoter of the K&N West race. McAnally said that his contract for the rental of the facility is with Spokane County Raceway and the race is still on. He will be talking with Smith in the days to come but is looking forward to the series returning to Spokane with great support from the race sponsor NAPA Auto Parts.
The Northwest Super Late Model Series was scheduled for their second race of the 2018 season on May 12th.
“We’ve informed our teams and announced that we’re canceling the May 12th event,” NWSLMS Director Jarrod Goodwin told Speed51.com. “It’s unfortunate of the closing, we might be cutting down one race but we’re still looking at some different options for our racers.”
Nelson was unavailable when reached for comment.
Stay tuned to Speed51.com for more developments on the story.
-By: Jeremy Anders, Speed51.com West Coast Editor - Twitter: @janders2115
-Photo credit: Northwest Super Late Model Series