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Speedway to get much needed facelift

By Staff | Feb 20, 2013

The newly formed Hometown Racing Association is pleased to announce an agreement has been reached to lease and promote the Tyler County Speedway for the 2013 season.

The Tyler County Fair Association agreed to turn over operation of the quarter-mile Bullring to the Hometown Racing Association headed up by lifelong resident and former racer John Watson. Watson and the new promotional group plan to continue the long tradition of weekly Saturday-night racing.

“We look forward to providing the Bullring’s die-hard fan base with a solid family fun exciting brand of racing that fans and competitors of Tyler County Speedway have come to expect at the area’s raciest speedway,” stated Watson.

Exciting news regarding the new Tyler County Speedway and the 2013 racing season 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 and minimize dust while producing the same three- and four-wide action accustomed to at Tyler,” continued 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 setups,” added Watson.

Competitors have asked for this improvement for several years and we are happy to be able usher in this new technology to the Tyler County Speedway. Look for more in depth information regarding our Transponder System in the upcoming days.

The Hometown Racing Association was enticed to operate and assume control of the local speedway, one that holds a special place in their hear,t when the highly regarded speedway became available. After discussion with the fair board and other local racing contingents, the Hometown Racing Association was formed out of a passion to help ensure the continued success of Tyler County Speedway. The Hometown Racing Association is excited about the future of the speedway and the opportunity to provide a family venue for the local community, race fans, and participants to gather and enjoy spending their Saturday nights.

“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,” Watson said.

“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.”

Look for much more information regarding the 39th season of continuous operation at the new Tyler County Speedway and the 2013 plans of the Hometown Racing Association by following us online at www.tylercountyspeedwayonline.com, phone 304-771-6874 or 304-771-5051, email any questions to info@tylercountyspeedwayonline.com or follow via social media on Facebook and Twitter.