Star Staff Reports
“This is a day that a lot of fans in the Mid-South have been waiting for,” MIR’s VP and GM Pam Kendrick said. “We’re finally starting construction on this new, state-of-the-art facility. If the weather holds and building goes along as planned, we’ll be racing before the summer is over. This will be a fan friendly, racer friendly, versatile facility.”
MIR has already announced that once the track is operational, will host weekly 305 & 360 Winged Sprint Cars, Super Late Models, Crate Late Models, Street Stocks, Open Wheel Modifieds, and the 600cc Mini Sprints.
IRG Sports + Entertainment President and CEO Jason Rittenberry said that when completed, the dirt track will be one of the most entertaining, versatile outdoor facilities in the Mid-South.
“It’s going to be built to exceed the standards set by the major touring series,” Rittenberry said. “We want this facility to attract the most exciting racing out there. It’s something that the fans around Memphis and the Mid-South have been asking for and MIR will do its best to deliver.
“There will be no obstructions in the infield, so that allows the facility to stage a variety of motorsports events.”
The ceremony took place at the site of the Start-Finish Line of the new track and was attended by Kevin Kane, CEO of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, Millington Mayor Terry Jones and Dianne Baker of the Millington Chamber of Commerce.
“We can’t wait to give fans and the community a first look at what we have in store for this track,” said Bobby Sides, MIR’s Director of Dirt Track and Special Events. “We’re confident this new facility is going to be loved by fans and racers alike.”