HAMPTON (WAVY) – The question is all too prevalent around Hampton these days…when will racing resume at Langley Speedway?
Some are even wondering if the oldest-sanctioned short track in NASCAR will re-open at all.
Since the track’s seven-year lease expired last year, track owner Bill Mullis has tried buying the land the track sits on, which is still for sale. No agreement, however, has been reached, and until that time, the gates will stay closed and the track will remain out of operation.
“It’s like losing a family member,” said Shawn Balluzzo, the reigning Langley Modified champion, who understands why either side can’t divulge specifics about the negotiations, but would simply like a little more communication.
“We all know they’re working on it, but where they stand, we don’t know,” said Balluzzo.
Wayne Wyatt of Newport News, who’s son Chase is a local racing favorite at Langley, owned the track for 10 years. He says both sides signed confidentiality clauses.
“The owners of the property, from my understanding, want to keep it a race track as do these groups that are interested in it to keep it a race track. The city of Hampton is definitely behind it to keep it a race track,” said Wyatt.