Historic Bolivar Speedway set to reopen following 7-year closure

Published: Mar. 9, 2018 at 10:10 PM CST
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Going back to the 1950s, Bolivar Speedway was a happening place.

People came from Polk County and beyond for fun on weekend nights.

A variety of factors let to the place closing seven years ago.

Now, a retired couple is bringing it back to life.Jim and Vicki Benner bought the place and are working hard to get it back in shape.

"There is just to much history here to try and ignore that. So, hopefully, we can do that justice," Vicki stated.

There is a lot to do to get it ready for the cars and crowds- and maybe even concerts. The Benner's say thankfully the facility is in surprisingly good shape considering its age and how long it sat.

It's set to reopen this spring.

"I think it is something for the community to do. I know there is not a lot for the younger people to do and get involved with," said Jim Benner.

"They are going to have 15 to 20 part-time jobs. Any time you add employment, that is great for our little economy. All the fans that are going to be coming from here and out of town are going to be great for our economy, we are just super excited.

The Benners are hoping to make a big dent in that workload with a community workday this Saturday. They anticipate the first race on April the 28th.

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