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Southampton Motor Speedway has sat dormant for 12 years but that could change later this year, according to a report from Hampton, Virginia television station WAVY-TV.

Long-time racing enthusiast Carrie Denney intends to reopen the track some time this year with 10 divisions of racing.  The reopening of Southampton Motor Speedway would fill a void, since the future of Langley Speedway remains in doubt.  Southampton Motor Speedway is located in Capron, Virginia which is about 70 miles away from Hampton, Virginia, where Langley Speedway currently sits dormant.

“The plan is we are going reopen,” Denney told WAVY-TV. “We are definitely opening this year and we’ve selected our divisions and we’re putting our rules together now for those divisions.”

Denney told the TV station she plans to race on Saturday nights which, while it fills a void for Langley Speedway fans, it would also add to the oversaturation the region already sees with Saturday night races.  Southampton Motor Speedway is located within 125 miles of five other racetracks which also compete on Saturday nights — those five tracks being Dominion Raceway (Thornburg, Virginia), East Carolina Motor Speedway (Robersonville, North Carolina), Orange County Speedway (Rougemont, North Carolina), South Boston Speedway (South Boston, Virginia) and Southern National Motorsports Park (Lucama, North Carolina) .

Denney did comment about the void that’s been left for local race fans in the Hampton, Virginia area.

“It’s unfortunate that other tracks are struggling, we want to see them open just as much as we want to see Southampton open,” she remarked. “We wish them all the best. There are a lot of drivers that are misplaced that are looking for a place to come and we’d like to offer homes to all of them.”

Southampton Motor Speedway is known most for being one of the regional racetracks Daytona 500 champion Denny Hamlin raced at in his Late Model Stock Car career.

An opening date has yet to be announced.

Read the full WAVY-TV report » http://wavy.com/2016/05/24/southampton-speedway-plans-to-reopen-in-2016/ 

Marquis comes from St. Charles, Maryland and has a widespread background in journalism, having covered politics in Washington and Maryland as well as nearly every form of auto racing, including NASCAR, IndyCar, AMA Motocross and IHRA Drag Racing. Now living near Emerald Isle, North Carolina, Marquis covers Late Model Stock Cars and Super Late Models in the Carolinas and Virginia.

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  1. Anonymous

    June 25, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Hope this track opens back up before two thousand and never! We sure could use some racing to lift spirits these days…

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