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Lonesome Pine Raceway Will Not Reopen In 2018
February 14, 2018
Track officials announced that Lonesome Pine Raceway (LRP) in Coeburn, Virginia, will not reopen its gates for the 2018 season. LPR previously hosted NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing for the last several years as well as ASA, ARCA and USAR series events.
Lonesome Pine Raceway Will Not Reopen In 2018

Track officials announced that Lonesome Pine Raceway (LRP) in Coeburn, Virginia, will not reopen its gates for the 2018 season.

“With the 2018 racing season upon us we regretfully must announce there will be no racing activities at the 3/8 mile paved oval,” a Facebook post to the track page stated, signed by Keith and Ervin Stiltner, the couple that has leased the track since 2007.

LPR previously hosted NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing for the last several years. Initially opened in 1972, the track hosted the NASCAR Late Model Sportsman Series, attracting drivers including Dale Earnhardt, Jack Ingram and Harry Gant during the 1970s.

LPR also hosted ASA, ARCA and USAR touring series as well as weekly racing.

The post noted low fan and car counts, along with the “struggling economy in Southwest Virginia” as reasons for ceasing operation.

“We would like to thank each and every driver, fan, sponsor, crew member and employee that has given their time to keep cars roaring around Lonesome Pine Raceway,” the post said.

LPR officials have invited racers and fans to its sister track Kingsport Speedway in Kingsport, Tennessee, which begins its 2018 season March 24.