One of Maine’s most historic short tracks will not open its gates in 2018. Unity Raceway announced Saturday night that the track will not be opening for the upcoming season.
The 1/3-mile oval located in Unity, ME was slated to undergo a major facelift and transition from a pavement race track to a dirt race track for the 2018 season. According to a post on the track’s Facebook page, “the work involved in this change is substantially more than expected.”
Immediately following the conclusion of the Long John event in October, equipment was in place to begin the transition to dirt. The battered and bruised asphalt was removed from the surface prior to November 11, leaving only dirt on top of the previously used clay racing surface.
Freezing temperatures throughout the winter made the process of removing the dirt and exposing the clay much more difficult than expected. Additionally, track owner George Fernald has been experiencing health problems, according to posts from his wife Sherry on the track’s Facebook page.
Fernald purchased the track from long-time owner Ralph Nason in July 2016. He announced last April that he planned to tear up the worn-out asphalt and begin the transformation into a dirt track for the 2018 season.
All signs point to the track resuming the transition from pavement to dirt when warmer temperatures arrive this spring. After that, the goal is for the track to open its gates with a fresh start and new racing surface in 2019.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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