Ona Speedway manager drops out, ending season
HUNTINGTON -- Ona Speedway's 50th anniversary season ended prematurely.
Dave Hughes, who took over management of the track this year, terminated his lease with five events remaining on the schedule.
Hughes leased the property from Bill and Lynn Bauer, who have owned the track since 2007.
"This season is over, we'll see what next year has in store," said Lynn Bauer in an email.
The fall season was dependent on securing some sponsorships that did not come about, Hughes said in a news release.
Hughes said he's ready to turn the next chapter of the storied history of Ona Speedway over to the next promoter.
"I'm pleased to say that I am leaving the track's image and race facility in better shape than it was eight months ago, and that the quality of racing has never been better," he said.
West Virginia's only asphalt track for stock car racing had competition this year in the Late Model, U-Car, Classic and Hobby Stock classes along with an ARCA Truck Series race and a Super Cup Stock Car Series event.
The 7/16th-mile oval first opened on Aug. 18, 1963 when it was known as West Virginia International Speedway with the Mountaineer 300, a NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) race.
Through the years racing legends such as Richard Petty, Buck Baker, Ned Jarrett, David Pearson and Junior Johnson have been on the track.