Great River Road Raceway in Dyersburg, Tennessee may not be a place that the NHRA, IHRA, or PDRA tours will ever visit but it looks like it has the bones of a great little hometown drag strip and it needs a new owner. While we do now know when the place opened specifically, it looks like racing last took place there a couple of years ago. It is an eighth mile strip located about 1.5 hours northwest of Memphis, effectively in the middle of not much. There is lighting, a tower, and we have no idea what there is past that.
The price on the CL ad is $1.00 but we suspect that the sellers are looking for a few more sheckels than that. For those of you that think there aren’t enough stands and there isn’t enough flash and dash to keep a place like this running, you are wrong. The sport of drag racing exists largely at places like Great River Road. The huge palaces you see on TV are the aberration not the norm. The real story is told by places like this that help to feed families, put kids through college, and operate as small family businesses. (Lohnes voice switch!) I say that because I have met some of these people. Guys like Danny Hux at Cedar Creek who have been there making it happen for decades at tracks that are not about flash and dash but about giving people a place to race and a place to get their careers started.
In a dream world that I had a pile of money, I’d gladly buy this place and make a go of it. The road would not be easy but at the end of the day if you could make it work, it would rule all. Want into the drag strip business? We’ve got the place for you!