Clark County track revived

The Clark County 4-H dirt track has set dormant since the peak of COVID 19. The track was shut down by the 4-H fair board during the pandemic.  
Dean Worrell had promoted Go Kart racing on this dirt track for several years. Worrell was forced to move Kentuckiana Kart Racing to the asphalt surface of the Sportsdrome in Jeffersonville.  
Just recently Bill Kniesly of Salem and the promoter of the Salem Speedway has signed a self-renewing lease to take over the track. Fair Board President Randy Burton indicated the terms of the three year lease. The progressive steps are $8,000 the first year, $12,000 the second and $14,000 the third year.
Kniesly has brought his team from Salem to help rebuild the racing program. Recently Salem’s safety man G.B. Abbott attended a practice session and Barry Smedley flagged the first race. There is also a strip of dirt in the middle of the track for tractor pulls. The track will be called the Clark County Speedway.
The ¼ mile track will, for now, will be a home to kart racing, demo derbies, and truck pulls. The track, although not a KKR track, will use KKR rules for this season and may change next year according to announcer Will Greenwell. In the future, the plans are to run the larger stock car. The team has started making improvement including a new catch fence.
Joe Bierman of Merrel Bierman Excavating spend seven hours working on the dirt surface in preparation of the first race. Concession stands will be operated and will include food from Top Notch BBQ.
The first Go Kart race was held Sunday, Aug. 28.


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