Future Of Mansfield Motor Speedway Enters Into Uncertain Status

Nearly three years ago, it was one of the biggest announcements in the racing industry and it struck headlines in Mansfield Ohio.  The speedway in Mansfield was going “Back To Dirt” and had the support of a recognized industry leader, Cody Sommer.

Now three years later, the biggest uncertainty of Mansfield Motor Speedway is its future moving forward.  It has been confirmed that Cody Sommer, the Owner/President of Mansfield Motor Speedway, LLC will not be moving forward operating the venue at the close of this calendar year.

Mansfield Motor Speedway was transformed from asphalt to dirt, three years ago.

“It was my goal to build MMS into a destination and a showplace and in so many ways I think we did that successfully.  We have had a lot of success, but we have also faced some major challenges over these last three years. It is part of what makes this a difficult decision” Sommer noted.  “I have several different ventures I’m involved with and likely more in the future.  Sometimes you have to step back and just look at where your life is and where it is going, where you want it to be and make a decision for what is best for you and your family.”

In his three-year tenure, Sommer spearheaded the decision of converting the speedway back to dirt, a major resurfacing just this year and many facility improvements and renovations.  Additionally, he hosted a variety of events including a Summer Fair, Monster Truck Shows, Freedom Festival Fireworks, All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, the $100,000-to-win Sprint Car World Championship and the Dirt Million.

A new surface was put on the track for the 2019 season.

The future is now uncertain for the facility.  However, the property including the 4/10 mile speedway will be listed for sale in the coming weeks.  For information or interest in purchasing the property, please contact the speedway office at [email protected]

About the author

Ben Shelton

Ben got his start at historic Riverside International Speedway. His accomplished motorsports media career includes journalist, race announcer, and on-air personality.
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