The 2019 season finds Greenville Speedway once again feeding the dirt track need for racers and fans in the Mississippi delta. While the ¼-mile gumbo oval will continue its storied history, it will be doing so under new direction.
After 12 years at the helm, local businessman Wesley Washington stepped away from his promoter’s role at the facility, following the 2018 campaign. With Washington out of the fold, rumors ran rampant about the possibility of the track not opening this year. Alas, veteran racer, Carl Kilgore has stepped up to the plate to take over the reins.
“Wesley had the option to go back and lease the track again from the county, so we decided to do it together,” Kilgore recently revealed to DirtOnDirt.com. “He’s [Wesley] gonna be in there with me, but not so much in the forefront.”
Kilgore’s parents ran the racetrack for the four years prior to Washington taking over. In fact, Washington has operated the facility with the same equipment that Kilgore’s family once used. Now things have come full circle, and the Kilgores have reacquired that same equipment as well as the race track.
“I have been around Greenville since I was 10 years old. My dad and brothers have all raced out there, so we know all the ins and outs,” Carl Kilgore continued. “Wesley has done a great job building this track up with signature events like the Gumbo Nationals. We just hope to continue to follow in his footsteps.”
The 2019 season opener is set for April 5-6. The annual Rumble on the Gumbo weekend is highlighted by a pair of Durrence Layne Dirt Late Model Series events along with a full complement of local divisions.
A full docket, compromised of weekly events along with special races, dots the 2019 landscape at the facility. The Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series Super Late Models, the United Sprint Car Series, the Southern Outlaw Late Model Series, the All Star Modified Series and the All-Star Crate Late Model Series all have planned visits to the facility this season.
The curtain will drop on the 2019 campaign on October 3-5 with the 13th annual Gumbo Nationals.
For more information on Greenville Speedway’s 2019 events, please visit www.GreenvilleSpeedway.net.