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Ohio Valley Motorsports Group purchases speedway

The Ohio Valley Speedway in Washington, W.Va., was recently purchased by Ohio Valley Motorsports Group LLC. The plan is so make some changes; its races will now take place on Friday nights. (Photo by Candice Black)

WASHINGTON, W.Va. — As of Sunday, the Ohio Valley Speedway was purchased by Ohio Valley Motorsports Group LLC, a team made up of members of the Tyler County Speedway.

According to a press release from Ohio Valley Motorsports Group LLC, John Watson, manager of the Tyler County Speedway, along with John Watson and family and Randy Whaley, purchased the speedway from Wayne and Amy McPeek and the Vincent family.

“We thank the Vincent and McPeek family for their hard work and efforts at the Ohio Valley Speedway over the past fifteen seasons,” Watson said. “Rebuilding the track is no easy feat. They should be commended on a job well done and the many things they’ve done for the area.”

The new owners are hoping to make a few changes, such as changing racing nights to Fridays, for the 2020 season “in an effort to work very closely with its neighboring co-track, Tyler County Speedway,” the release said.

Ohio Valley Motorsports plans to pay homage to the tradition of the Vincent and McPeek families with whatever they do while still adding their own style, the release said.

With its gates opening in April, projects for the speedway will take place throughout the season. Those plans include new perimeter fencing, an expanded pit area, handicapped parking, increased lighting, concession upgrades and fresh paint. Other bigger projects will take place further down the road, the release said.

According to the Ohio Valley Speedway Facebook page, pricing will remain the same at $15 for general admission and $30 for pits.

“The team is excited to build on the current family atmosphere and cultivate new friendships with the community and area race fans,” the release said. “Officials look forward to growing the Ohio Valley Speedway to new heights and revving more life into the region’s racing scene.”

For more information, the website raceovs.com will be available soon and speedway officials can be contacted at 304-771-5051 or 304-771-6874 or through the Ohio Valley Speedway Facebook page.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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