Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, VA announced today that they were suspending any plans for the 2018 season.
The announcement was made today via the tracks Facebook page which stated:
“Lonesome Pine Raceway ceases operation.
With the 2018 racing season upon us, we regretfully must announce there will be no racing activities at the 3/8 mile paved oval.
Keith and Ervin Stiltner have leased LPR since 2007 and have had to make the tough decision of stepping away from the track they have operated for 10 years. With the low fan counts and car counts and the struggling economy in Southwest Virginia, we just feel it’s the best decision at this time. We would like to thank each and every driver, fan, sponsor, crew member and employee that has given their time to keep cars roaring around Lonesome Pine Raceway.
We would like to take this time to invite you to our sister track Kingsport Speedway which will start their season March 24th with the first 3 races being run on Saturdays and then going back to their regular Friday night shows on April 13th. We wish everyone the best and hope you will support us at Kingsport Speedway this season.
Keith and Ervin Stiltner”
Lonesome Pine joins Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, VA and Newport Speedway in Newport, TN as tracks that have shuttered for the 2018 season. Many Motor Mile competitors were looking at running at least a partial schedule at Lonesome Pine.
Many of the Lonesome Pine competitors will likely now race at Kingsport Speedway but it now further limits the options of Motor Mile and Newport competitors with no Saturday night track close by.