Langley Speedway to reopen in April

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Langley Speedway will reopen in April.

City of Hampton officials and the owner of Victory Motor Sports made the announcement at City Hall Friday.

City officials said Friday the closure of the speedway last year cost a loss of more than $100,000 in tourism revenue. The race track closed in 2015 after the lease for the land expired.

Everything’s a go now that the city has stepped in and helped Victory.

“Welcome back, we missed you,” Mayor Donnie Tuck said Friday.

The closed season was rough for many. Owner of Victory Motor Sports Bill Mullis says at one point, Langley was the oldest sanctioned track in NASCAR.

“I didn’t take it emotionally because I was on the busy side trying to figure out how to open the speedway and save it,” Mullis said.

The city stepped in an offered a tax abatement program over the next 10 years to get it back up and running.

“There was a combination thing, other than the economic impact, it’s just kind of an iconic racetrack that has close identification with the City of Hampton,” Mayor Tuck said.

A post on the Langley Speedway Facebook page shows opening night will be April 1.