OPENING NIGHT AT NEWPORT SPEEDWAY POSTPONED, PRACTICE SCHEDULED IN ITS PLACE
4/29: Fans and competitors of Newport Speedway unfortunately will have to wait a little longer before the green flag drops for the first time this year as track officials announced that the activities planned for this weekend have been cancelled.
"We just ran out of time," track promoter Andy Hyde said, "I have spent a lot of time and money trying to get the track up and ready to go and the track is just not ready." He went on to say that the track's concrete grandstands were still in need of repair. "I had a group that was supposed to have the concrete fixed this week and it didn't happen." Mr. Hyde had went on to say that for insurance purposes the grandstands had to be fixed prior to the racing being able to take place, and that he's hired another firm to come in and complete the repairs this upcoming week.
"I just wanted to apologize to everyone that we had to cancel this weekend," he continued. "I want everyone to know that I have put a lot of money into getting this track up and running and once everything is done it's going to be great." Andy concluded that this week's big money event would be rescheduled at a later time and that for anyone who wanted to (and weather permitting) that Saturday the track would be open at 11am for anyone who wished to get one final practice session in before the season starts.
- Newport Speedway's opening race has been postponed due to the repairs to the grandstands and lighting remaining incomplete along with a growing threat of inclement weather. Rescheduling will be announced shortly.
- The big money event ($1,500 to win LM, $1,000 to win SS, $500 to win P4) will be rescheduled. The big money events will not take place next week due to other high-profile events going on in the region.
- The track will be open for the FINAL practice session tomorrow, gates open at 11, $15 per person in the pits (weather permitting)
- Newport Speedway apologizes to its fans and competitors for the cancellation.
DRIVER NUMBER REGISTRATION / INFORMATION REQUESTED
4/7: With 23 days before Newport Speedway's 2016 gets underway, track officials are asking all competitors to take a moment to download and fill out the following Word document and claim their car number for the season.
In addition to claiming your number, competitors are also asked to provide information about their car which will be featured on a Drivers page which will showcase those who call Newport Speedway their home track.
Please fill out the form, and then send it (along with images of both the driver and the car) to email@example.com to reserve your number and be featured on the website.
Please note, reserving your number will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and if the number has already been claimed, teams may be asked to pick a different number or to add an "X" to your number.
Download the file here:
2016 SCHEDULE RELEASED
We know it's been a long time coming, but Newport Speedway is happy to finally announce the schedule for the 2016 racing season.
The green flag will drop on the (newly painted) track for the first time on Saturday, April 30th. We know that we had April 9th as our opening date and this is the second time we have pushed back the start of the season, however track promoter Andy Hyde wanted to make sure that everything was completed before the racers and fans begin to enter the track.
"We get one thing done and then we find some more things that need fixing." Hyde said today about the status of the track. "We don't want to have anything done halfway."
Within the past few weeks, the track has gotten a major face lift, including a fresh coat of paint on the inner and outer walls, new stripes on the track surface, repainted pit stalls, and a new PA system. With the opening date pushed back to April 30th, it gives Andy and his employees ample time to finish up pressing projects including fixing the grandstand seating, removing and replacing the backstretch fence and giving the press box a fresh coat of paint.
WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE LIKE?
The 2016 season is a stacked card of 21 dates of racing going from late April into mid October and featuring 6 local divisions, headlined by the Newport Late Models.
In addition to the local divisions, Newport will play host to two dates for the popular Southeast Super Truck series along with the Southeast Super Streets and the Carolina Vintage Racers.
For a special Friday race prior to the Fourth of July weekend, Newport will play host to the Southeastern Late Model Series who will leave their traditional dirt surface for the asphalt in a $2,500 to win special event.
Newport will be bringing back the Davy Crockett Championship event to close out the season which will feature a series of money races for the Late Model Division. Format, payouts and other details of this event will be forthcoming.
Before the season gets underway, there will be two open practice sessions available for interested parties. The first will be on Saturday, April 2nd from Noon to 6pm. Admission is $10 per person. A second open practice session will occur prior to the season opener, date and times for that event are still TBA.
To view the full schedule, please visit the Newport Speedway website link here: http://newportspeedway.weebly.com/schedule.html
TRACK RENTAL NOW AVAILABLE
1/17/16 -Starting January 23rd, Newport Speedway will be available for rent to parties interested in pre-season testing. Rates are $100 for the first hour and $75 for each additional hour. Interested parties should contact Andy Hyde at 828.216.8490