Pressley Debuts as Kingsport Promoter, Meets With Teams
Over 200 People Attend Saturday's Meeting
Track PR Report
Former NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Truck series racer Robert Pressley met with drivers, race teams, fans and sponsors on Saturday, Nov. 6 at Kingsport Speedway. On a cold, blustery, all around nasty weather day around the East Tennessee region with temperatures in the 30s and snow showers falling, over 200 people attended the informational meeting with Pressley.
Pressley has leased Kingsport Speedway from owners Joe and Phyllis Loven, and weekly Friday night NASCAR-sanctioned racing will take place beginning in March of 2011. The divisions tentatively slated to race are – Late Model Stock, Street Stock and Pure 4, along with Charger and Legends cars running on alternate Fridays.
"This community is starving to death for racing," Pressley said. "We were hoping to get somewhere around 50 to 70 people, but I can’t believe how many showed up. It’s going to be exciting for all of us when we get the fans out here next March for the first race of the season. I’ve always wanted to do (promote a racetrack) a little something like this. When the opportunity came up here, I knew it was for me."
The 3/8-mile concrete track had sat closed since the end of the 2002 racing season before roaring back to life in the fall of 2009 for a United Auto Racing Association – Southern Touring Asphalt Racing Series Late Model event. Following the overwhelming success of the UARA-STARS race the track hosted two events in 2010 for the Hendersonville, N.C.-based series.
Robert Pressley at Kingsport Speedway (TN).