State Fairgrounds Shutting Down Nashville, TN
The Tennessee State Fair Board voted recently to shut down the State Fairgrounds in Nashville (TN) at the end of June 2010. As of press time, a decision hadn't yet been made of what will happen to the historic speedway that sits on the property. In June, the fairgrounds property will be handed over to the Metro Finance Department. A possibility Fairgrounds Speedway operator Danny Denson says could give him time to make the track more valuable to Nashville. "I think we're all right for another season here and maybe we can prove ourselves a little better this coming year and maybe the Mayor and the Finance Department will look favorably on us for a long-term deal," said Denson. Board member James Weaver said poor financial performance had led to the decision. CIRCLE TRACK ARCHIVES
Act/Goodyear Extend Relationship Waterbury, VT
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) sanctioning body announced recently that it has renewed an agreement with Goodyear Racing to utilize various Goodyear-produced racing tires through 2014. Tom Curley, President of the ACT, and managing partner of Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont, said, "Goodyear is known the world-over as the preeminent racing tire. The introduction of the Goodyear brand has been one of the most important decisions we have made over the past decade. The various Late Model tracks that have joined the ACT business model have made Goodyear their tire of choice, and race teams unanimously have endorsed this decision."
The ACT was instrumental in working with Goodyear engineers and marketing personnel in the research and development of the 8-inch slick currently used at 10 ACT-affiliate tracks and on both the ACT US Touring Series and Série ACT Castrol in Canada. ACT
North Wilkesboro Reopens North Wilkesboro, NC
North Wilkesboro Speedway, a cornerstone in stock car racing's foundation and a track that occupies a special place in grassroots racing fans' hearts, will reopen next year with a date in the USARacing Pro Cup Championship Series. Scheduled for Oct. 3, 2010, the race will be on the traditional fall weekend that for many years hosted NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series from NASCAR's inception in 1949 until the track closed after its fall race in 1996.
The historic 0.625-mile track was purchased by an ownership group that consists of Teri Parsons, wife of the late Benny Parsons, Alton McBride Sr., Alton McBride Jr., Dave Ehret, John Burwell, and Bosco Lowe. CIRCLE TRACK ARCHIVES
Vic Irvan Passes Away Concord, NC
The whole staff and family of Circle Track was saddened to hear of the passing of Vic Irvan, President and Co-Owner of Irvan-Smith Inc. on October 25 of this year. Vic lost a hard-fought battle with stomach cancer, after diagnosis earlier this year. Best known to NASCAR fans as the father of 1991 Daytona 500 champion Ernie Irvan, Vic Irvan was known throughout the circle track racing community as the President and Co-Owner of Irvan-Smith Inc., the 27-year-old North Carolina-based fabricating equipment and racing tool supply company. A press release from Irvan Smith Inc. said, "This company was his pride and joy and as our leader and our commander he will be missed greatly." Indeed he will. On behalf of the whole Circle Track team our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to the family and friends of Vic Irvan. Irvan-Smith