(Washington, West Virginia) With the first green flag of 2017 just a few short weeks away, the Ohio Valley Speedway located in Washington West Virginia, has all systems set on go as “The Valley” approaches their first green flag of 2017, which is set for Saturday April 1st. On the heels of a season where the track saw consistently stout competition, exciting racing action and some of the tracks richest purses in the tracks long history, the Ohio Valley Speedway along with it’s fans and competitors are eagerly anticipating the 2017 season, as the track looks to give both fans and teams yet another exciting summer of Saturday night racing excitement at the 3/8th mile oval.
Featuring all three AMRA National Divisions (Late Models, Modifieds and Sport Mods) competing on a weekly basis for the first time in 2017, the Ohio Valley Speedway is sure to draw some of the areas strongest competition in each division throughout the season while continuing to provide those competing within the region yet another excellent place to race on Saturday nights. In addition to the AMRA sanctioned classes, the Ohio Valley Speedway will also feature racing in the Mini Wedge division and 4-Cylinder divisions each week, which is sure to give fans their money’s each visit!
In 2016, the track saw veteran Late Model standout Ronnie Mayle take home the track Late Model championship. Fan’s should expect to see Mayle along with numerous other regular Late Model competitors such as Tyler, Freddie Carpenter, Ed Shuman, Jeff Burdette, Harold Redman, Dan Morrison and more do battle all throughout the upcoming season. As for the AMRA Modified division, Tyler Evans of Mineral Wells West Virginia scored the Modified track championship on his way to an impressive 2nd place in AMRA National Standings in 2016. Tyler is expected to be back again in 2017, to compete against many of the track’s weekly AMRA Modified regulars such as his father Robbie Evans and the likes of Josh Spaur, Roy Roush, Nick Corbitt, Tyler Carpenter, Jeremy Blake and more throughout the season. Now with the AMRA Sport Mod class making it’s inaugural campaign at the track in 2017, fans will have to keep an eye on this rather new division as some great racing is sure to be had!
The venue which has seen tremendous growth under the leadership of the McPeek and Vincent families, anticipates a busy season of racing highlighted by numerous special events and weekly programs. ‘The Valley’s’ 2017 season is tentatively set to include 22 total racing programs with a season ranging from April through September, with the possibility of adding more races within that span. Some of the track’s most notable events in 2017 include the Gene Johnson Memorial which will be held at Ohio Valley for the first time on May 13th, plus the ‘Dirt Disciple 30’ AMRA Modified special set for June 24th. Other notable dates includes the track’s annual “Summer Sizzler” for the AMRA Late Models on July 8th and the 3rd Annual Gibby’s DTRN King Championship event set for September 23rd to close out 2017.
As in years past, the track will host numerous OVSCA Sprint Car shows (April 22nd, June 10th, July 15th and August 12th) plus specials for other participating classes and multiple themed nights such as kids night and autograph night. The staff at the Ohio Valley Speedway has continued to provide fans and teams with a truly diverse and exciting racing schedule that should only create more excitement at the long popular facility.
As the 2017 racing season quickly approaches, those looking for more information on the Ohio Valley Speedway’s upcoming season, should check out Ohio Valley Speedway’s Facebook page along with it’s website at Ohiovalleyspeedway.com plus AMRAMODIFIED.com to keep up with the latest news and race info.
The AMRA wishes all track officials, competitors and fans the best as we close in on the 2017 season and we look forward to seeing you at the track very soon!