Southside Speedway closed for the season

by Matt Lincoln

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Due to illness of the track's owner and promoter, Southside Speedway will not hold it's racing schedule this season.

Thursday, track officials sent out letters to drivers saying that the track has decided to shut down its schedule.

Track owner and promoter Sue Clements suffered a stroke earlier this year.  In February, the track put all the schedule on a temporary hold, as doctors told Clements that she should avoid the stress of running the track.  But that temporary hold became permanent this week with the news of the track's closing.

There has been racing at Southside Speedway for every year since 1959.  In the offseason, the track regained its NASCAR sanctioning, which would allow for more sponsorship and marketing opportunities.  But the optimism that came with that announcement was tempered by this week's announcement.

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