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Parkersburg man works to get Athens County raceway back on track

Changes at the Skyline Speedway under new owner Jeff Burdette, a retired Parkersburg firefighter, are an improved surface, LED lights and bleachers. (Photo Provided)

STEWART, Ohio — A retired firefighter from the Parkersburg has purchased a race track in Ohio.

Jeff Burdette has taken over Skyline Speedway in Stewart where the season opener and grand opening of the dirt track is on June 12.

“We made it a first-class facility,” Burdette said.

The track will be open for special events only this year, Burdette said. Eight events are planned this year, June 12, June 26, July 10, July 17, Aug. 14, Aug. 21,. Aug. 28 and culminating with the season finale on Sept. 24-25, the Harvest 50 weekend.

Classes running on June 12 will be late models, modifieds, sport mods and 4 cylinders, Burdette said. Sprint cars occasionally will be featured this year, too, he said.

Jeff Burdette of Parkersburg, the new proprietor of the Skyline Speedway in Stewart, has undertaken numerous renovations at the track where the season opener and grand opening will be on June 12. (Photo Provided)

Everything is family oriented, Burdette said. Kids 10 and under will receive free grandstand admission.

The overhaul at the track has been extensive, Burdette said

Among the improvements are a renovated concession stand, underground electric, LED lights, an improved surface and new bleachers, he said.

Burdette has raced cars since 1983 at local race tracks. He purchased the track in April, deciding to move from being the driver behind the wheel to becoming the promoter.

“This is my first year not racing,” said Burdette, who retired from the fire department in February 2020 after 25 years of service.

The concession area also has been renovated, said Jeff Burdette, the new owner of the Skyline Speedway in Stewart. (Photo Provided)

Burdette’s family also is involved in racing, including his father, the late Archie Burdette, and his two sons, K.C. and Colten, who each have their own racing teams.

“I’m very proud of them,” Burdette said.

Skyline Speedway opened in 1965. Skyline Speedway is located off Route 50 on County Road 53 at Stewart.

Jess Mancini can be reached at jmancini@newsandsentinel.com.

New aluminum bleachers have been installed at Skyline Speedway. (Photo Provided)

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