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Plans for Southside Speedway

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – Southside Speedway is a local classic. NASCAR superstar Denny Hamlin has held his big charity race here for several years but it's been moved to RIR this year after a health scare for one of Southside speedway's owners.

Sue Clements, suffered a mild stroke and everyone involved decided to shut business down at the track, temporarily.

This would have been the 53rd continuing racing season at Southside Speedway but now, the bills and expenses are piling up and the owners are looking at a different direction to make money.

"There are so many vendor markets opening now a days and we just thought it would be something that would help things at Southside continue to go," said Clement's sister and co-owner, Patsy Stargardt.

About 85 spaces are mapped out for rent. Stargardt is working on getting the permits and booking local vendors.

"We hope to attract farmers and we want it to be a place people can come and shop reasonably and straight from the farm," said Stargardt.

Crafters are welcome too.

"We'd love to see a big craft fair in here, every weekend all the local people who make things to sell," she said.

Patsy says the track used to bring in about $1000 a day. Now, with no income, money is running out fast.

"It keeps something alive at Southside. As you know we are closed for this season at the moment, taxes, expenses continue to go on, so this will certainly be vital in helping us keep things going until something else can develop," she said.

You can expect to see the vendor's market open here by mid June. If you're interested in renting a space...call the office at 804-212-5272.

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