Lonesome Pine Raceway to have dirt surface

Lonesome Pine Raceway to have dirt surface

According to Kingsport Speedway general manager Karen Tunnell Monday, new Lonesome Pine Raceway owner Bobby Hill plans to reopen the dormant facility in Coeburn, Virginia, next year as a dirt track.

Tunnell, who served as a general manager of LPR when it ran under the NASCAR banner, said the first load of dirt is expected to arrive Aug. 27

A variety of NASCAR greats including Richard Childress, Buck Baker, Harry Gant and Bobby Allison competed on the asphalt at LPR.

In addition to the weekly schedule, touring events involving the USAR, ASA and ARCA series were held at the three-eighths-mile high-banked facility.

The track opened in 1972 and closed in 2017 due to low car count and economic issues in the coalfield region.