MIDDLEBOURNE, W.Va. – The newly formed Hometown Racing Ass’n has reached an agreement to lease and promote Tyler County Speedway for the 2013 season.
The Tyler County Fair Ass’n agreed to turn over operation of the quarter-mile Bullring to the Hometown Racing Ass’n headed up by lifelong resident and former racer John Watson. Watson and the new promotional group plans to continue the long tradition of weekly Saturday-night racing.
“We look forward to providing the Bullrings die-hard fan base with a solid family fun exciting brand of racing fans and competitors of Tyler County Speedway have come to expect at the areas raciest speedway,” stated Watson.
Tyler County Speedway will see the high banked bullring receive a much needed facelift as a new racing surface will greet anxious racers to the speedway when action gets set to begin this spring.
“We are extremely excited to offer our outstanding roster of weekly racers a brand new racing surface, a long overdue task will be undertaken with the help of J&R Excavating of Moundsville, W.Va. Over 200 loads of fresh new clay will redecorate the surface of the Bullring and we’re hopeful it will decrease tire wear, minimize dust while producing the same three and four wide action accustomed to Tyler,” said Watson.
A mid to late April opening night is planned with a full schedule to be released in the coming weeks. Watson wants to put a much needed emphasis on having a strong and efficiently run weekly program in which show quality, track maintenance, and driver appreciation are of utmost importance to the new group.
Five weekly divisions will comprise the new “FANtastic 5” weekly show featuring the high powered Super Late Models, Crate Late Models, EDGE Modifieds, EDGE Hotmods and ModLites plus the MWRA Mini Wedge division will continue to kick off festivities at each and every show.
Also new to the bullring in 2013, when the 39th racing season is shown the green flag a Transponder Scoring and Timing System will also be in place. All drivers are required to run a transponder unit in 2013 when taking part in the action at the Tyler County Speedway.
“We feel like this will be a major step towards one of our goals on running a more efficient program each week. The new technology will eliminate any risk of human error while also allowing drivers to log on to a dedicated website for real-time updates which can be a useful tool for participants race night setup,” added Watson
The Hometown Racing Ass’n was enticed to operate and assume control of the local speedway, one that holds a special place in their heart when the highly regarded speedway became available. After discussion with the fair board and other local racing contingent the Hometown Racing Association was formed out of a passion to help ensure the continued success of Tyler County Speedway.
The Hometown Racing Ass’n is excited about the future of the speedway and the opportunity to provide a family venue for the local community, race fans, and participant’s to gather and enjoy spending their Saturday night’s.
“I grew up at Tyler County Speedway, it’s where I started going to races as a fan and later enjoyed competing myself so I know the history and tradition of the place and I’ve seen the great racing that has been happening there for so many years. I’m excited to have a chance to promote the track and keep the tradition of showcasing some of the best racing the entire country has to offer. Our goal is to provide an entertaining grassroots level racing program by getting back to the basics and working to build a firm foundation for future growth,” stated Watson.