A new Braxton County project at Flatwoods could bring NASCAR racing to
From the Charleston
Racetrack In The Works
Project Has Support Of Some
Racing Sanctioning Groups
Daily Mail Capitol reporter
Monday July 1
A team of developers
today announced their
plans to build a $27
motor sports complex"
on 300 acres in
"This appears to be a
very professional and
program for bringing a
motorsports entertainment destination to West Virginia,"
Denemark, director of the West Virginia Motorsports
The complex would include a half-mile asphalt oval, a one
and one-half mile
asphalt road course, an eighth of a mile drag strip, a fifth of
a mile go-kart
track, 10,000 grandstand seats, sky boxes and on-site
It was unclear this morning what the proposed schedule for
Developers also did not reveal specific information about
how they would
pay for the track.
Developer Joe Mattioli said in a statement released today
that the program
at the Flatwoods track -- to be known as Thunder Ridge --
would be similar
to the program at Virginia's South Boston Speedway.
Mattioli said in his statement that he has received letters
of interest from the
sanctioning bodies of several national touring events,
Automobile Racing Club of America, the American Speed
United Speed Alliance Racing and United States Auto
The statement said other groups including NASCAR, were
"aware" of the
proposed track at Flatwoods.
The developers expect the track, just off Interstate 79, to
draw fans from
Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Maryland and Virginia. It
would be within
100 miles of 2.2 million people and within 250 miles of 37.3
The Braxton County Commission supports the track,
according to the
"The potential economic impact of this project, both to the
country and the
state is tremendous," Commission President John Gibson
was quoted as
saying. "We understand the implications of motorsports on
and are solidly behind the initiative."
The Braxton County Development Authority plans to create
park near Thunder Ridge that could house motor
according to the developers' statement.
The track also has support of Winston Cup driver Bobby
Thunder Ridge is the second of two half-mile tracks in
development in West
The Kanawha County Commission has endorsed plans for a
asphalt oval near Riverside High School in Quincy. The
track would seat
15,000 people and provide space for NASCAR series events,
concerts and a family area.
The Quincy track would largely be privately funded. The
asked the West Virginia Economic Development Grant
Committee for $7.7
million. A full season of about 35 events is planned for
Another proposal has been floated by Sen. Herb Snyder,
said in April he'd like to build a "Dale Earnhardt Speedway"