(January 11, 2013) - The
historic Atomic Speedway, most recently Schrader's
K-C Raceway, near Chillicothe,
Ohio is up for sale and as of press time will not
open in 2012.
Tough economic times and bad weather that resulted in small attendance figures
at various junctures--including last spring, whittled away at the economic foundation
to keep the track open. While car counts were at near record numbers, and the
racing was the same high quality that Atomic was historically known for, the
economics of sustaining another season were not there. Over the past three years,
the speedway was owned and operated by Jeff and Vicki Schrader.
"As of Monday the track is again 100 percent mine," said Jimmy Nier. "And
the whole operation is up for sale. If I keep it, the track will not open in
2012. At this point in my life I want to dedicate my time to my racing and my
Nier is a talented Sprint car driver in the Midwest and is a two-time
as well as winning a "Night the Stars Come Out" championship and posting
wins with the All-Star Circuit of Champions. Most recently, Nier has been one
of the top guns in the Ohio Valley Sprint Car circuit.
"The first time around I put a ton of money into making improvements. I
love that place and that's why I bought it the first time around; to keep it
open. But as I said before when we put it up for sale three years ago, I don't
want to see my Mom and Dad work themselves to death at the race track. If I own
it, I know that is what they would do. They love Atomic Speedway as well."
bought the track from Jason Laugherty, who after one night of being an owner-promoter
threw in the towel. For the previous 18 years, the Karshner family operated
the speedway as K-C Raceway.
In 1953 a group of Chillicothe businessmen realized
a plan that had been in the making for several years. The group, which consisted
of racing fans, drivers,
and car owners, sought to provide a premier racing facility for the rapidly
growing sport they knew as Stock Car Racing. It was a sport they lived
and loved. It
was the vision of this particular group of men--the Chillicothe Stock Car Racing
Association-- that led to the construction of Atomic Speedway, which became
known nationwide as K-C Raceway in 1985. As of October 14, 2011 K-C
Raceway once again
became Atomic Speedway in a move the Schrader's hoped would help bring prosperity
back to the track. Nier noted that the track "can be a money maker".
"The first couple years we ran the place, I tried to run it like a race
fan and we lost money. The last few years we ran it like a business and we made
money. If someone comes along and runs it like a business, I am confident they
will make a go of it."
"As much as I hate to see the track close, it just isn't going to open unless
a buyer comes along."
Additionally, the fate of the DTWC has been decided.
The 2012 Dirt Track World Championship (originally set for Atomic) will be
held at Portsmouth Raceway Park
under the Lucas Oil banner.
For more information about Atomic Speedway, please
contact Jimmy Nier at 340 Bailey Chapel Rd, Piketon, OH 45661-9673 or call
1-740-289-2629 or (740) 289-3925.
Serious inquiries only!
For more information please visit www.kc-raceway.com