CROSSVILLE – A new ownership group is in place at Crossville Raceway – and the duo, both Upper Cumberland residents, hopes to bring new life to the track in 2016.
Perry Delaney, a Sparta native, and Lewis Jackson, from Buffalo Valley, recently purchased the Cumberland County facility that’s been a staple on the Plateau since the mid-1980s. Both are experienced dirt track racers who will be making transitions to leadership roles.
“I’ve raced for 30 years, and it’s sure going to be a transition for me,” Delaney said. “…We want to get the rules in line with other tracks (so) the average guy can be competitive.”
Crossville Raceway was put up for sale in 2015. An earlier transaction fell through and it appeared racing would be halted in 2016.
But, Delaney said, they plan to operate on Friday nights this season.
He and Jackson will be assisted by late model drivers Michael Luna and Scott Shelton, who will help with the day-to-day operations of the track. Many improvements are planned, they added.
“We want to make it safer for the racers. It’s a good facility, and there’s a few things we want to do to keep it that way,” Delaney said.
A new website for the upcoming season is in the works as well as a schedule of events. For more information, call Delaney at (931) 316-4073, Luna at (931) 510-1482 or Shelton (931) 544-4055.