CHILLICOTHE, OHIO â€" Historic Atomic Speedway, most recently known as K-C Raceway, is officially for sale according to Jim Nier, Sr. and the Nier family, owners of the nationally known racing landmark.
The speedway, known as â€śOhioâ€™s fastest three-eighths-mile high banked dirt track,â€ť did not operate in 2012, ending the 2011 season with the Dirt Track World Championship and a November Invitational.
From 2009 through 2011 the speedway was owned and operated by Jeff and Vicki Schrader. The ownership of the speedway reverted back to the Nierâ€™s in February 2012. The previous seven years, the Nier family operated the speedway and transformed the facility from a local Saturday night dirt track to a first-class, nationally recognized racing operation.
Many national events and nationally recognized sanctioning bodies including the World of Outlaws sprints and late models, Lucas Oil Late Models, AMA Motorcycles, United States Auto Club, and All-Star Circuit of Champions were among those making stops at the track during this time.
During the past year, the speedway has undergone a facelift and according to Nier is, â€śRace Ready and a total turn-key operation with the exception of a part we have yet to replace on the grader. We want to see this place open in 2013. We have put a lot of time and money into restoring this place to a first class operation. All we need is a buyer. I want to see the track open in 2013.
â€śThere is a lot of history here. This place needs to be open,â€ť Nier said. â€śWe havenâ€™t just let it sit. Weâ€™ve repaired what needed repaired, and made additional upgrades. All someone will have to do is sign a check and go racing. If it was warmer and drier, you could open tomorrow.â€ť
More than 500 tons of new clay have been put on the track and another several hundred tons will be onsite for the new owner within the next few weeks. The asking price of $750,000 is negotiable.
â€śThe land is worth a large chunk of that, not counting all the buildings, the track, the two kitchens, buildings, and all the equipment,â€ť Nier said. â€śYes, there have been rumors of buyers, but itâ€™s just that â€" rumors. We have had some interest, but no one has come up with the money.