Hanover, WV — New dirt race track to open Spring 2011. Heath Ellis, Owner of Thunder Mountain Speedway, LLC, opened the 4/10 mile dirt track located at Lizard Creek in Wyoming County. The race track was originally operated as Hatfield McCoy Speedway from 1997 to 2005. Construction has already started and plans are set to open Spring 2011. Plans for the new facility are to have a new grandstand seating area, new concessions with restroom facilities in the pit area and alongside the grandstand. Ellis stated that his goal is to bring good quality family fun to Southern WV and Wyoming County. Ellis said, “Basically everything had to be torn down and we have had to start over.” Plans are to run a crate engine semi late model class in 2011 and hope to gain Fastrak sanctioning in time for the 2011 season. Ellis stated “The Fastrak Racing Series is an affordable semi late model class that offers a level playing field for its competitors and many tracks nationally are running this series. The points carry into a regional system and the drivers are actually competing in a point system along with drivers at other tracks. Fastrak brings a lot of excitement for the fans and competitors and is the series that we need to have on board.
First, we need to get the race track rebuilt and get the image brought up to par before any sanctioning body will get involved.” Other classes being considered include open wheel modified, super street, street stock and the 4 cylinder class. Ellis states that the track plans to incorporate the raceceiver radios as a mandatory requirement. “It is our goal that the races run as smooth as possible for the drivers and the fans, communication with the officials will allow the drivers to have a better understanding of the lineup and they will be informed of what is going on on the track. This should save time and help ensure a good show for the fans.” Ellis said, “I am very excited to have Jeremy involved, we have been working for a while to make this a reality for the community. We both share the same ideas and have the same goal to make Thunder Mountain Speedway an enjoyable experience for the fans and drivers. We also plan to promote the Saturday night racing as entertainment for the trail riders that come to visit our community. There is not much for them to do right now after the sun goes down.
We also encourage local businesses to contact us to get involved as well, auto racing is a great marketing tool to promote any business. Involvement from local businesses and government can help ensure success for the entire community and that is the approach we want to take. The main goal is to provide a quality family entertainment venue that folks can be proud and want to be a part of.” Firethorne Marketing is constructing a web site loaded with information about the new race track, but is not expected to be operational until mid Jan. 2011. For those seeking any additional information on track rules or business advertising opportunities, you may call 304-664-2620. Businesses who want to get involved are encouraged to call early so they may be promoted on the track website in Jan. 2011. An opening date is scheduled for Spring 2011, however Ellis stated “We will not open until both Jeremy and I feel we are ready and everything is in place and we feel like we are prepared as best as we can be. We want it to be a good experience, we want everyone to have fun and if we stick with that, then the fans will come back. Unless we have a really bad winter, I expect the green flag should drop in May 2011.”