So many times we hear stories of race tracks closing. More often than not, they are ill fated to never operate again. Thankfully, this is not the case for Oklahoma’s Longdale Speedway. After sitting dormant for the 2019 season the 3/8-mile, clay oval is set to reopen on Saturday, April 6.
This will be the first event at the facility since October 2017.
The grand reopening program marks the first of 17 races planned for the upcoming season. The weekly program at Longdale Speedway includes Pure Stocks, Limited (Inter) Sport Mods, IMCA Sport Mods, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA/USRA Modifieds.
Initially slated for Saturday, March 30, the first race was pushed back a week to Saturday, April 6 by poor weather.
The grand opening comes to life with racing action at 6:30 p.m.
Included in the 2019 docket are at least 10 weekly events. A point fund, totaling more than $10,000, has been earmarked for the five divisions. The IMCA/USRA Modifieds champion will receive $1,000, while the Limited (Inter) Sport Mods and IMCA Sport Mods champions each earn $500. The Pure Stock champion garners $400.
A host of special events are also included in the 2019 plans for the track. The United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) rolls into town on April 27 for the inaugural Night of the Stars. Former NASCAR racer Kenny Wallace headlines the Walleye Rodeo Race-Fest on May 18, while the URSS/SSO Sprint Car Challenge is set for May 25.
July 5-6 finds the facility hosting the America Proud 4th of July Celebration. Other late season events include the Darren Ernst Memorial Ironman Challenge on August 31 – September 1 and the Winter Nationals on October 12-13.