WINCHESTER, Tenn. — Shelbyville businessman and Duck River Raceway Park owner Bob Harris has purchased nearby Winchester Speedway from Jimmy Nowlin, new track promoter Scott Shelton announced Sunday.
Harris — with Shelton and Michael Luna serving as promoters — plans to operate Duck River, located in Wheel, Tenn., as a special-events only facility while continuing weekly Saturday night racing at Winchester, which has operated since 1957. Both tracks, which sit about 40 miles from each other, have been Late Model strongholds in Middle Tennessee for many years.
“Myself and Michael are very excited to have this opportunity,” said Shelton, who also operates Crossville (Tenn.) Speedway along with Luna. “Racing in this area has a lot of room to grow and with three tracks at our disposal, and a close relationship with Clarksville Speedway, we will have the chance to make some great things happen for the racers and fans alike.”
Harris has made continued improvements at Duck River during his ownership and plans to make upgrades at the quarter-mile Winchester facility, too, Shelton said.
Saturday’s event, which saw David Brannon, of Elora, pick up his 10th Super Late Model victory of the year at the track, was the speedway’s final regular season race and wrapped up season-long points battles.
Winchester isn’t quite finished for the year, however. Winchester’s first event under the new ownership will be an Oct. 29 with details to be announced. Nowlin and his wife Sharon operated the track for the past six seasons.
“From where it was then to when the final flag dropped (Saturday) night, we could of not done it without each person’s dedicated support,” Nowlin posted on the track’s Facebook page. “We wish the new owner and staff the best of luck and success as they take over the events and ownership of Winchester Speedway.”
—STAFF REPORTS (Additional information from www.DirtonDirt.com)