Because of the recent developments and restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the–stay at–home mandate through June 10 issued by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, Motor Mile Speedway and Motor Mile Dragway will not open for the 2020 season.
All special events and track rental have been cancelled with the primary aim of keeping all employees, racers and fans safe and healthy. Making the decision early gives all racers the opportunity to explore other racing options should other tracks decide to operate this year.
A statement from Michelle Vaught, the facility’s general manager, said, “We also value our sponsors and understand that all have faced some economic impact from the virus and will need the remainder of the year to recover financially.
“This was a difficult decision, and one that was not taken lightly. We realize this is an unfortunate turn of events for the local racing community, and we sincerely value each racer and fan. We encourage communities to adhere to the current mandates and protocol: practicing frequent hand washing, social distancing, and staying at home. We appreciate your understanding and support during this challenging time.”
Motor Mile Speedway has showcased grassroots NASCAR racing since 1988. In 31 seasons, the speedway has crowned 15 different NASCAR Late Model track champions and has been the home track of two NASCAR Weekly Series national champions on six different occasions: Philip Morris (2006, ’08,’09) and Lee Pulliam (2012, ’13, ’15).
Motor Mile Dragway has showcased high-speed drag racing action since 2004. In its brief history, the dragway has spawned several successful careers, most notably that of 2011-14 NHRA Funny Car World Champion Matt Hagan.
The 1/8 mile dragway hosts a variety of seasonal motorsports events, including its wildly popular “Friday Night Fury” program.