The FASTRAK Racing Series announced Feb. 19 the addition of West Plains Motor Speedway to its growing network of weekly sanctioned tracks in 2009.
West Plains Motor Speedway is a 3/8-mile moderately banked red clay oval, highly regarded as perhaps the finest racing facility in southern Missouri.
West Plains Motor Speedway, a division of Gibson Racing, is operated by Don and Billie Gibson, who over the course of 17 years have transformed West Plains Motor Speedway into a premier facility which has successfully found the elusive "harmonious balance" between intensely competitive racing and family entertainment.
The Gibson's have immaculately maintained the facility in such a way which reflects how attuned they are to the needs of not only the race fans who pour into the facility on Saturday nights throughout the racing season, but the race teams as well.
West Plains Motor Speedway comfortably seats 10,000 race fans with three separate and fully equipped concession areas.
The pit area is located outside the track so as not to obstruct even one race fans view.
In addition to a spacious pit area for the competitors, a 4,800-square foot building incorporates the tech area as well as vending for those in the pit area. The racing surface is consistently meticulously prepared.
"We have not had Late Models here as a part of our weekly racing program in some time," said Billie Gibson. "We're excited about the 2009 racing season and the addition of the FASTRAK Racing Series Late Models." Gibson went on to say, "When we've discussed the prospect of Late Models returning to our weekly racing program, the response has really been enthusiastic. Another element that has been a contributing factor is FASTRAK drivers who have persistently kept after Don to look into the FASTRAK Racing Series program."
"There doesn't seem to be much gray area in the rules and with the current economy, racing needs to be more affordable and there are race teams getting two and three seasons in a lot of cases on these motors," she said. "Obviously, FASTRAK is something we needed to take a look at. We also liked the fact that the City Chevrolet National Weekly Championship is something everyone has a realistic chance to shoot for."
"We're thrilled to welcome West Plains Motor Speedway into the FASTRAK family," said FASTRAK Founder and CEO Stan Lester. "West Plains' presence should translate into growth in a market where race fans have been deprived of the competitive kind of Late Model racing associated with the FASTRAK brand way too long. We're honored that the Gibson's have invited FASTRAK to West Plains Motor Speedway. It's my hope that this partnership will transcend into a long relationship between the Gibsons, West Plains Motor Speedway and the FASTRAK Racing Series."