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    Cool THE ATOMIC SPEEDWAY.... is back

    Article from the Chillicothe Gazette

    CHILLICOTHE — The return of Atomic Speedway is near.

    New owner Brad McCown, who also owns Jackson County Speedway, officially announced late Tuesday that the famed Ross County dirt track, which also has operated under the name K-C Raceway, will reopen. A new opening date will be released soon, according to Bruce Hines, who will handle public relations and race day announcing duties.

    McCown said Sprints, Late Models, Street Stocks, Modifieds and Sport Modifieds will be the primary classes on the famed high banks. He plans to run a few races this year, based on interest from race car drivers and fan attendance. He also plans to base his decision on what classes to run in the future on fan attendance.

    The sale ends two years of dormancy for the dirt track, which has hosted some of the biggest names in racing through the years and is located on Blain Highway, just south of Chillicothe. McCown bought the track from Jim Nier Sr.

    The 3/8-mile track has sat idle since Nier re-assumed ownership from Jeff and Vicki Schrader in early 2012. The track missed all of the 2012 racing season, but McCown hopes the track will host some events this year.

    “We’ll hopefully have some races sometime in August if everything goes good,” McCown said in a Gazette story earlier this month. “We’re probably going to try and run two or three.”

    “When I started getting serious about this all that I heard was that people wanted to see Sprint cars and we had to call it the Atomic once again,” McCown said in a release from Hines. “Well, we are going to give them both he stated recently. If you give them a good show at a fair price, the racers and fans will come, and that is what we plan to do.”

    McCown will manage race day activities, and Jeremy “JJ” Linkous will be race director for the track.

    In the past, famed drivers such as Tony Stewart, Sarah Fisher, Sammy Swindell, Steve and Matt Kinser and many others have raced on the dirt oval at Atomic/K-C

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    Good to hear this track is gonna reopen. With all the tracks closing nowadays its good to see one reopen. Good luck to the new promoter.

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    I think they need to bring back Roy Salt to help bruce hines in the booth announcing!!!!

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    My favorite track, hope McCown can make it work. Looking at running the right classes, which is a plus.
    Race Count-3
    1.)Eldora UMP Nat's-April 12
    2.)Sharon Speedway-May 24-Regular Show/Mod Lites
    3.)Eldora-World 100-Bloomer A$$Whoopin

    Eldora for the Grandaddy of them all, awesome. Bloomer to the tail from the lead, lap 20, BS. Witnessing the fastest race car in the World back to the lead by lap 72. Awesome.

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    roy salt was a dam good anouncer. since the early 70's...on the inside is sam erwin in #710. #710 is sam erwin. outside is george harbour in #19. #19 is george harbour. liked his style...
    Last edited by smith19; 08-01-2013 at 11:03 AM.

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    They need to make sure that they have somebody to do proper track prep, as in disk the track every week and get some water into it. That place has never had anybody who knew what they were doing prep the track, but if they get some water into it and make it racey there's no reason why they can't succeed. The guy who graded the mud off the track before the last DTWC made one of the biggest mistakes in dirt racing history, they need to make people forget about that.

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    Right Gear Head, The track prep is what has kept us from coming back. This is really a great track when cut and watered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton_Wetter View Post
    Right Gear Head, The track prep is what has kept us from coming back. This is really a great track when cut and watered.
    The only way it will be watered is by Mother Nature. And it will be "sealed" on Tuesdays.

    Have they really run a race yet? I don't think so.

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    Is that how Jackson is done?
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    He kept it pretty good and wet at Jackson. Other than to two tracks closest to me I been to Jackson more than anywhere the last two years.

    I am gonna miss the bullring but I am excited about what KC could potentially become again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smith19 View Post
    roy salt was a dam good anouncer. since the early 70's...on the inside is sam erwin in #710. #710 is sam erwin. outside is george harbour in #19. #19 is george harbour. liked his style...
    I was watching some old kc vids from the 90s never knew the guys name but he was a good announcer. U always knew who was in what numbered car for sure haha.

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    in your case mr. young.....jon osman in #5..............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton_Wetter View Post
    Right Gear Head, The track prep is what has kept us from coming back. This is really a great track when cut and watered.
    I have never had a problem with the weekly racing there.
    2014 Race Count -54
    East Bay - 6............................North Florida - 1
    Bubba Raceway - 1...................Atomic - 8
    Florence - 7..............................Moler - 15
    Twin Cities - 5….......................Eldora - 6
    Brownstown - 1…....................Portsmouth - 1
    191 - 2…..................................I 77 - 1

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    Quote Originally Posted by smith19 View Post
    in your case mr. young.....jon osman in #5..............
    haha very true. i miss those days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GEAR_HEAD View Post
    They need to make sure that they have somebody to do proper track prep, as in disk the track every week and get some water into it. That place has never had anybody who knew what they were doing prep the track, but if they get some water into it and make it racey there's no reason why they can't succeed. The guy who graded the mud off the track before the last DTWC made one of the biggest mistakes in dirt racing history, they need to make people forget about that.
    Atomic opened in the late 50's, closed a total of 3-4 years since then. And it "has NEVER had anybody who knew what they were doing prep....."
    A bit DRAMATIC aren't we!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GEAR_HEAD View Post
    They need to make sure that they have somebody to do proper track prep, as in disk the track every week and get some water into it. That place has never had anybody who knew what they were doing prep the track, but if they get some water into it and make it racey there's no reason why they can't succeed. The guy who graded the mud off the track before the last DTWC made one of the biggest mistakes in dirt racing history, they need to make people forget about that.
    Before Schrader, KC was a dam good track, and they knew how to prep it. Never had anyone, riiight.
    Race Count-3
    1.)Eldora UMP Nat's-April 12
    2.)Sharon Speedway-May 24-Regular Show/Mod Lites
    3.)Eldora-World 100-Bloomer A$$Whoopin

    Eldora for the Grandaddy of them all, awesome. Bloomer to the tail from the lead, lap 20, BS. Witnessing the fastest race car in the World back to the lead by lap 72. Awesome.

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