Dirt track racing returns to WVMS in 2021
If you drive down I-77 in West Virginia you may stumble across the old West Virginia Motor Speedway in Mineral Wells, WV (Population: 1,950). It’s buried in the mountains, with a billboard that reminds highway travelers of it’s past.
The track first opened in 1985 as the ‘World’s Fastest Dirt Track’. In 2011, the track was shortened from a 5/8-mile to a 3/8-mile.
Shortly after that change, the doors were closed. For the previous 8 years, the track has sat dormant.
The Earth has been actively reclaiming the dirt track. Plants have taken over the racing surface and the entire complex has been slipping into decay.
That’s going to have to be put on hold.
In 2021, West Virginia Motor Speedway roars back to life. The resurrection of the complex is led by racing promoter Cody Watson.
Per a press release, the track has a multi-phase plan for development.
“The team has a complete and detailed arrangement for the speedways future years. It reopening in 2021 includes its current “phase one” plan featuring a warrior like clean up effort and blue collar rebuild of the dated facility.”
“Hundreds of thousands will be spent in the first phase restoration undertaking as fans return for the first time in nearly a decade with new events and an ultra-cool re-branding of the WVMS on full display.”
“A new logo, website, social media and signage overhaul will highlight the new branding look of WVMS with a complete renovation of the facility structures already underway.”
Track being reshaped
“Dirt that was hauled in for the shortening of the speedway in 2011 is currently being removed as the new group returns to the 5/8 mile proprietary being dubbed ‘The Worlds Fastest Dirt Track’.”
“Additionally, the group plans to increase banking on the dirt oval, widen turn four, install new Whelen Safety Lighting, improve race fencing and more in a studied effort to introduce safe and exciting racing action back to the larger speedway.”
“In addition to the momentous clean up effort that should be commended by all; major renovations will take place prior to its scheduled reopening in 2021 including a modernization of facilities and the race fan experience.”
“The main VIP & Race Control tower has taken on a complete overhaul inside and out.”
“Buildings will receive new roofs and face-lifts, new pit amenities adopted, new concessions equipment has been purchased, ticketing added, vip seating is being increased, enhanced camping & parking and much more will greet anxious fans back upon arrival to the new WVMS in the spring of 2021.”
“Fans will welcome back the biggest stars in racing as they take part in awe-inspiring activity piloting their earth-shredding machines at top speeds that defy well over 150mph.”