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Kingsport Speedway's success drawing national attention

Jeff birchfield, NET News Service • Feb 28, 2016 at 8:32 PM

KINGSPORT — Kingsport Speedway general manager Karen Tunnell knew there was something special when the track reopened for weekly racing in 2011.

Five years later, the three-eighths-mile concrete oval has become one of top tracks in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series with solid car counts, strong attendance figures and its drivers ranking near the top of the national championship standings.

The success has even caught the attention of NASCAR President Mike Helton and one Hall of Fame driver.

“We went to Charlotte in December for the annual banquet and Mike Helton and Dale Jarrett were there talking about Kingsport Speedway,” Tunnell said Saturday at the track’s annual Fort Henry Mall Show which featured cars from both Kingsport and Lonesome Pine (Va.) Speedway. “Everywhere I go to the NASCAR meetings, they’re talking about Kingsport. It’s pretty prestigious considering we have Motor Mile (Va.) Speedway, which is considered an elite facility up the road, and all the tracks in the Carolinas. We’ve worked really since 2011 to get things going, and I feel we now have one of the top weekly facilities in NASCAR.”

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