Bolivar Speedway reopens after being closed for seven years

Published: May. 12, 2018 at 10:50 PM CDT
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The Bolivar Speedway has reopened after sitting vacant for the past seven years.

The track was built in the 1950's and race fans and drivers say it used to be the party site on Saturday nights. And now a local couple is hoping to restore it to its former glory.

"We just love racing, and thought we need to do something to help out the racing community." said Jim Benner, the owner of the Bolivar Speedway.

Jim and Vicki Benner have worked for the past few months to get the track into racing shape.

"Between the two of use we probably got three to five thousand hours in it since February." said Benner.

Now, racing is back in Bolivar, and fans love it.

"I'm really excited that they have come back. There is nothing better than local racing, and this is going to be a lot of fun." said Jerry Ramsay, a racing fan.

"I think it is awesome, totally. We ran back here in the 80's and 90's and had a blast doing it and I'm glad it has reopened." said Brian Lewis, a driver.

"My dad races 33, the orange car. (So you like being at the track then?) Mhmm. (What is your favorite part?) I like how they race and how they win." said Addison, the daughter of one of the drivers.

And although the racing is back, the hay day isn't quite there.

"We need to pick up some interest, we need to have more people out and some more cars on the track." said Ramsay.

"The cars that are sitting at home, they need to dig them out of the woodwork and bring them out because it is time." said Lewis.

But the Brenner's believe they can bring it back to it's former glory.

"Back in its day the stands were full, the tier parking was full, it was the biggest party in town. And we want it to be the biggest party in town again." said Vicki Brenner.

The Brenner's are also hoping to have some truck pulls and concerts at the track.

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