Mason Family To Operate Paducah
PADUCAH, Ky. — Paducah Motorsports Inc., announced an agreement with the Mason family to lease Paducah Int’l Raceway this season.
Paducah Int’l Raceway will continue to host weekly racing each Friday night. Plans are being finalized for opening night on April 18 with the first major event on the schedule featuring the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on May 3.
“I’m pleased the Mason family has come to an agreement to operate Paducah International Raceway this season,’’ said PIR co-owner Bob Sargent. “Paducah is a hotbed of racing, and PIR is an outstanding facility. The Masons have plenty of new ideas. I’m looking forward to a great transition with such quality people.’’
Paducah Int’l Raceway was built in 1972. Following construction in 1972, PIR was operated by different business partners until 1975, when it was purchased by Charles Harrison. He gained experience through earlier involvement with Reidland (Ky.) Speedway for eight years.
In 1978, a new concrete retaining wall was built at the facility. The next season, PIR added concrete bleachers to push seating to 5,000. In 1980, the original concession stand and judge’s tower were destroyed by fire.
A new, modern scoring tower and concession stand were completed in 1981. Ron Fisher purchased the track from the Harrison. He ran the track for several years before the Tindal family purchased PIR in 2001.
In November of 2005, NASCAR stars Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Ken Schrader along with Sargent purchased PIR. Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart joined the trio of co-owners as a partner in September of 2006.