Dale Cline (99) starting outside of the front row of a recent Limited Sportsman race at Motor Mile Speedway. The 19 year-old driver is inching closer to getting his family name back to victory lane. (Branden Horton photo)

Motor Mile Speedway released today a short press release on their Facebook page outlining the closure of both the round track and drag strip as the country continues to fight the Coronavirus pandemic.

The press release reads as follows:

“Due to the recent developments and restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the stay at home mandate through June 10th, issued by Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam, Motor Mile Speedway and Motor Mile Dragway will not open for the 2020 season. All special events have been canceled as well as track rental. The number one goal is to keep all employees, racers, and fans safe and healthy. With the decision coming early, it gives all racers the opportunity to explore other racing options, should other tracks decide to operate this year. We also value our sponsors and understand that all have faced some economic impact from the virus and will need the remainder of the year to recover financially.

“This was a difficult decision and one that was not taken lightly. We realize this is an unfortunate turn of events for the local racing community and we sincerely value each racer and fan. We encourage communities to adhere to the current mandates and protocol; practicing frequent hand washing, social distancing, and staying at home. We appreciate your understanding and support during this challenging time.” said Michelle Vaught, General Manager

Motor Mile Speedway has showcased grassroots NASCAR racing since 1988. In 31 seasons, Motor Mile Speedway has crowned 15 different NASCAR Late Model track champions and has been the home track of two NASCAR Weekly Series national champions on six different occasions: Philip Morris (2006, ’08,’09) and Lee Pulliam (2012, ’13, ‘15).

Motor Mile Dragway has showcased high-speed drag racing action since 2004. In its brief history, Motor Mile Dragway has spawned several successful careers, most notably that of 2011-14 NHRA Funny Car World Champion Matt Hagan. The 1/8 mile dragway hosts a variety of seasonal motorsports events, including its wildly popular “Friday Night Fury” program.”

Cover photo by Branden Horton.