KINGSPORT — It was standing room only on Saturday at Kingsport Speedway as drivers, crew members and fans gathered at the track to learn more about changes in 2014 at two newly unified racetracks.
This year Kingsport Speedway and Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, Va., will operate under the same rules with Karen Tunnell running both tracks.
Tunnell has worked in various capacities at either one or the other for more than a decade, and will manage both tracks jointly this year.
She spent the past three years serving as former Kingsport Speedway manager Robert Pressley's "No. 2" person.
Both tracks have unofficially shared drivers and staff for more than 40 years. Tunnell said this year it's official.
“These two tracks have worked against each other for so long,” Tunnell said. “Finally we are able to have the two (tracks) work together and it will provide an awesome opportunity for racers and fans.”
Both tracks will operate under the same rules, and with the same officials, which Tunnell said will ensure a level playing field for all competitors.
“Keeping the same officials allows everyone to be familiar if they travel to both tracks," she added. "It also helps us keep our rules the same at both places.”
Kingsport Speedway will race on Friday nights, although it will begin with a Saturday event on March 29.
LPR will begin its season in April and race two Saturdays per month. Multiple touring series and special events will also visit both tracks.
For more details visit newkingsportspeedway.com or www.thepineraceway.com.
Information about both racetracks is also updated regularly on Facebook and Twitter.