Memphis Motorsports Park, a former NHRA national event stop, as well as NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series venue has been closed since October of 2009. Rumors have been running rampant about the future of the place but now there is a definitive answer. The place is for sale and apparently has not been bought by anyone at this writing.
The 375-acre facility was opened in 1987 and was operated by Dover Motorsports, a company that owns several race tracks across the country. Obviously, profitability was an issue, because the track was killed off by the parent company in a move that indicated an idle facility was less of a financial drain than an operating one.
Six-million dollars is a heck of a pile of money and anyone willing to spend it, and intending to operate the race track would surely be doing it with long term plans in place. The strip seats 16,000 people according to the website promoting the sale of the track and the circle track seats 16,000 in permanent seats, but has had 32,000 with portable seating used. The area that the track is located in is not exactly a bustling metropolis and the economy has really been ravaged over the last few years. Simply put, the place seems to be too big for it’s own good.
We hope someone comes along and fires it back up again. We have good memories of the track from attending a few of the Hot Rod Magazine Pump Gas Drags events.