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Saw in todays local paper that the deal was finalized yesterday and the managemnet team is in place and they hope to be running again by April 2011 with IHRA sanctioning..This is GREAT news for the local area racers!
 

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They need to bring nmra too ! Ortc wouldn't hurt either but hell I'm glad to see it open period. Thank lord !!!!
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Probably won't see NMCA, NMRA and others there 'til next year if ever. I would personally love to see some big time sanctioning body's return. Loved racing there.
 

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We are just happy to be getting a 1/4 mile track back to the area!
 

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Saw in todays local paper that the deal was finalized yesterday and the managemnet team is in place and they hope to be running again by April 2011 with IHRA sanctioning..This is GREAT news for the local area racers!

Good news!! I thought IHRA was out to dry not to long ago, but there are trying to make a comeback even out west. The Tucson track is now IHRA. Which made the NHRA have to rearrange the divisional schedule.
 

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As sad as it is to say I think the Nitro Jam show format has saved the IHRA. Glad to see them still around.
 

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I'm glad it's open myself , now that our track here (Gateway) closed. Just have to take a road trip now. If this dam snow ever stopps... dammm
 

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We are just happy to be getting a 1/4 mile track back to the area!
Amen! I know I fired the old girl up Saturday and blew the cobwebs out and started my to-do list to be ready for Spring.
 

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im glad to hear that!! maybe hot rod will bring some of their stuff back along with nmca
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I'd love to see Hot Rod Magazine rededicate the track by having a "Fastest Street Car Shootout"...
they need to use the exact rules from the very first one..1992..
 

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http://racepbir.com/news/pbir-news/...es-on-memphis-motorsports-park-facility-.html

Moroso Investment Partners, the ownership group of Palm Beach International Raceway, has closed the transaction on purchasing the Memphis Motorsports Park track property from Dover Motorsports Inc. for 2.062 million dollars. Moroso Investment Partners was the high bidder at an auction held on December 14. The purchase includes all 342+ acres, including the ¼ mile drag strip, the ¾ mile paved oval and the road course. All equipment, furniture and fixtures were sold separately at the auction.
The group, led by Michael Dezer of Team Dezer Racing and Joseph Lubeck, managing partners, and Jason Rittenberry, President & CEO hopes to have the facility reopen for the racing season in April of 2011. Pam Kendrick has been named the new Vice President and General Manger of the facility. She previously was the Senior Director of Administration and Finance of the facility under Dover Motorsports ownership. Chris Sowell has been named Facilities Manager. The remaining management team and staff will be named in the coming weeks.
The new staff will work to bring back some of the major events the facility has hosted in the past, as well as operate the successful weekly events and series that were a staple at the facility for many years.
“It’s great that our investor group stepped in and decided to purchase the Memphis facility,” said Jason Rittenberry, President & CEO of Palm Beach International Raceway. “We know that there’s a lot of work that needs to go into renovations, but I’m confident that it can be done and the facility will reopen in time for the 2011 season. We’ve got the right management team in place to re-establish the facility in the racing industry.”
Rittenberry previously spent 10 years with Dover Motorsports, Inc. as Vice President & General Manager of Memphis Motorsports Park before coming to lead the team at Palm Beach International Raceway.
The Memphis facility will reopen sanctioned as an IHRA facility, with Summit Super Series bracket racing and weekly test and tune sessions. The staff is working diligently to book national and regional events for the 2011 season and is in negotiations with several sanctioning bodies. A Nitro Jam event has been secured and a date will be announced in the coming weeks. In addition to the drag racing events, the facility will host an Outlaw Monster Truck Spectacular event in September.
“I’m incredibly excited to add Memphis Motorsports Park as an IHRA facility,” said IHRA President Aaron Polburn. “Obviously we’ve had great success with this same group at Palm Beach International Raceway. Memphis is a great market and I can’t wait to get the ball rolling and start getting IHRA events at the facility.”
Additional event dates will be announced in the coming weeks. Check out the track’s new website at www.racemmp.com for updates and further information
 
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