Dexter Frost of West Plains and Doyle Frost of Birch Tree are the new management at West Plains Motor Speedway (WPMS) and they have taken the preliminary steps to buy the 19-year-old, 80-acre facility, located south of West Plains on US Highway 63.
According to long-time owners Don and Billie Gibson, they plan to transfer ownership in the near future.
The Frosts plan to announce the 2010 schedule right away, along with plans for new and additional events to be held at the facility.
The track itself is widely known as one of the best and most respected racing venues in the country and brings thousands of fans to the West Plains area all summer long.
The new events should add to the economic impact of the tourist dollars for local businesses.
Health issues made it necessary for Don Gibson to retire from his track activities that he truly loved.
The Gibsons enjoyed their 17 seasons at the West Plains Motor Speedway and appreciate the overwhelming cooperation and support they received from the racers, fans and business contacts throughout the local area, as well as the racing community nationwide.
Over the past 17 seasons, a number of national events have been established and plans for a continuation of those are in place, along with the new events, according to WPMS Public Relations and Program Director, Tom Harris.
Harris helped market and establish the first Show-Me 110, which is now held at Lucas Oil Speedway.
The new season brings an opportunity to create new, more exciting events for the local fans of outdoor type entertainment and Harris says they can develop something bigger that will give fans far and wide the entertainment they look forward to at West Plains.
The name change will be for the next two years and a good source for track information remains www.westplains-speedway.com, which will be updated right away.
The first practice is scheduled for April 24, with a work day from 9 a.m. to noon that day, for all who want to pitch in, and practice will be from from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The pit admission for that date is $10 and workers that morning get a free pit pass.
General admission is free.
The first race is May 1 and the classes from 2009 will run, including the FasTrac Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks, Hobbies, Youth Hobbies, and Cruisers. For more information, contact Tom Harris at 870-371-0561.