How Far Is Lernerville Speedway? [Updated!]

Some of you may already know what Lernerville Speedway is. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you probably know what it is. For those of you that do not know what it is, let me enlighten you.

Lernerville Speedway is an actual race track that is located in West Virginia. It is home to the annual Mid-Atlantic Championship – an excellent auto racing festival that features many different cars and drivers from around the region. The track itself is about an hour and half drive from my home in Morgantown.

The track has been around since the 1950s and has always been considered one of the premier short tracks in the country. This year, the Mid-Atlantic Championship will be held from July 23rd to July 27th. Unfortunately, the track is no longer accepting online registrations due to capacity issues. You will have to register in person at the track’s office. They will have lots of registration packets for you to pick up at the track. As a result of this, online pre-registration has now closed.

If you’re in the area and are looking for something to do, then you could always head over to Lernerville Speedway for one of the three day races. You will get a good look at American Championship auto racing in its purest form. The racing is good, the stands are good, and the food is great. Plus, there’s always the drivers’ meeting at the end of the race on Sunday where the drivers come together to tell you all about the weekend’s race. There will also be plenty of activities at the track, including the traditional softball game on Wednesday night.

Is It Worth Traveling For?

Well, that’s a question that you have to ask yourself. Does living in Morgantown make the trip to Lernerville worthwhile? Is it a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you want to have? If you’re looking for an exciting adventure, then Lernerville Speedway is certainly worth a visit. But, on the other hand, maybe not. The travel time alone is enough to make it seem like a long way to go when you could be spending your time doing something else. The decision is entirely up to you.

An Exciting History

The history of Lernerville Speedway is as interesting as its present state. The track originally began as a 1/8th mile dirt oval in the 1950s. At that time, it was known as the Lernerville Farms Fairgrounds. The first actual NASCAR race was held there in 1959 and was won by Junior Johnson. The track then got a wooden grandstand that seated 1,500 people. In the 1960s, the track got a 10-car garage and expanded its size to 1/4 mile. The track also got a camelback grandstand that was attached to the back of the garage.

In the 1970s, the track got an all-paving surface and an additional 1,000 seats in the grandstand. Additionally, the track got a new office building and a snack bar. In the 1980s, the track got new owners who turned it into a 3-day-a-week track, added a backstretch, and changed the track’s name to Lernerville Speedway. A small section of the grandstand collapsed during a hurricane in 2008, but the track has since been rebuilt. The owners also built a new brick foundation to support the bleachers.

There have been several very notable competitors who have raced at Lernerville Speedway. Some of these include Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, and Darrell Waltrip. Additionally, some of the biggest celebrities in the world come to the track now and then to sit in the grandstands and cheer on the competitors. These include Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood, and many more.

Spectator Safety

Since the track is open to the public, much of the focus during the racing season is on spectator safety. The owners do an excellent job of making sure that the tracks are safe and secure. When the track is not in use, the entire infield is fenced off so that people cannot come into the area where the cars are when they are not in use. Additionally, police officers and track security personnel are always on duty at the track grounds.

The track has an excellent trackside safety zone behind the grandstands where photographers and other media members can get a good look at the cars without worrying about getting hit by one. Behind the track is another safety zone where people can walk without having to worry about being hit by a car. Plus, there are plenty of areas along the backstretch and at the finish line where you can safely sit and watch the exciting races. When the Mid-Atlantic Championship ends, the track recycles all of its cars so that they can be used elsewhere. This year will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Mid-Atlantic Championship and the entire community of WVU, the university, and the surrounding region will celebrate this exciting milestone.

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