A lot has happened at Lincoln Speedway over the years. The track was once owned by legendary racecar driver and car owner Curtis LaMar, who tragically died in a racing accident back in 1982. Since then, the track has changed ownership multiple times, and has been plagued by financial problems. In 2012, the owner passed the buck and blamed the racing industry for the track’s financial woes. The track has also been the subject of multiple lawsuits and claims that it is a dangerous place to race due to its incredibly thin walls and old foundations.
Who Was Responsible For Its Recent Upgrades?
The track’s ownership recently changed hands again, this time from Doug Henry to a group of investors led by Stephen Carlisle. This came as quite a shock to the racing world, as Henry had been the sole owner of the track since 2007. Prior to that, it had been owned by Curtis LaMar’s family for decades. The previous owner, Jeff Miller, had been the sole track promoter for years, and had diligently worked to increase attendance and turnstile sales at the 1.25-mile dirt track.
While Miller wasn’t directly responsible for the track’s current financial problems, he most certainly played a role in the decline of the once-proud track. He was the driving force behind keeping the track open during the year, despite being a dirt track, and heavily promoted short-track racing because of it. He also pushed for more aggressive racing, which wasn’t beneficial to the health of the racers involved. He was also the man who made all the decisions at Lincoln Speedway, which meant that he was ultimately responsible for what had happened there over the years.
What Will The Future Of Lincoln Speedway Be?
The future of Lincoln Speedway is still very much up in the air, as it has been since the track first opened its gates back in 1946. It is a sad state of affairs, considering all the hard work that went into saving the track from closure in the first place.
Henry and his investors have poured money into the track, expanding it from a dirt track to a paved track, adding a couple of newer sections and building the garage area and paddock behind the grandstands. The result is a far more sophisticated and modern version of the classic 1.25-mile dirt track. The track is also undergoing a complete resurfacing project, which will make it faster and more exciting to watch.
While a lot of work has been done to make the track attractive and accessible to fans, there is still a long way to go. The problems that the track has experienced throughout the years are still very much present. It still lacks the charm that made it famous, and the infrastructure continues to decline. It is the nature of poverty, and the cycle of debt, to keep recurring at this historic venue.