Longdale Speedway: “We are planning to not open the speedway for 2018”
In 2014, a rare thing happened, a new dirt track was introduced. That track was Longdale Speedway, located in Longdale, Oklahoma.
The dirt was sculpted and a state of the art 1/2 mile dirt track was born. It featured 26 degree banking in the corners and 22 degrees on the straight-away. It was bad fast!
Read the statement from the track on it’s closing below.
Jessie Hoskins was the man behind that track. After a few seasons, he quickly expanded his dirt track portfolio.
Jessie purchased Outlaw Motor Speedway. He then purchased Elk City Speedway. However, both of those tracks sold and/or closed shortly after.
Hoskins was back to being the promoter of a single speedway. Longdale Speedway, the track that started it all, was again the only focus.
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At the end of the 2018 season, it was hinted that Longdale Speedway might close as well. In an October statement, “I built this track to fill a void left by the closing and supposedly never reopening of the Historic Enid Speedway though knowing that the immediate location of Longdale isn’t populated enough to support such a venue.”
Now, it appears that Longdale Speedway will close for the 2018 season. The track confirmed via the following statement:
Longdale Speedway statement
The following is the most recent statement from the track:
“At this time, we are planning to not open the speedway for the 2018 season in order to make improvements to the facility and seek/replace management personnel.”
“We appreciate your patience, support and understanding. If there are any changes in the near future we will post immediately,” the statement concluded.
Jessie Hoskins statement
The following statement was issued back in October, at the end of the season:
“I would first like to again thank everyone that has jumped onboard and supported Longdale Speedway over the past 4 years, whether you are a Fan, Racer, Employee or Sponsor.”
“As you probably remember, I built this track to fill a void left by the closing and supposedly never reopening of the Historic Enid Speedway though knowing that the immediate location of Longdale isn’t populated enough to support such a venue, the central location between the largest cities/towns in NW Oklahoma (all without their own local track) might just work and give both Racers and Fans confidence in knowing they had a track they could depend on to either continue their involvement or encourage new people get into racing.”
“However, coming off of the single worst race season as far as grandstand attendance, car counts and sponsorships, since the track was built, along with not having the key personnel such as a Promoter, Flagman, Race Director, etc. for the 2018 season, I am stuck with the dilemma of whether to open the track in 2018 or sit out a season and regroup.”
“I believe, as I always have, that the track has the potential to be successful or at least support itself with the right combination of management and area support. However, I have obviously failed in achieving this and unfortunately, I don’t know the solutions.”
“Please understand that I take full responsibility and blame NO ONE for the success or demise of this track, for I alone have made the majority of the decisions up to this point.”
“With this said, I ask that you please give me a little time to weigh my options and decide what the best coarse of action going forward might be and not be forced to make another hasty decision as I have in the past.”