When Ray Evernham purchased North Carolina's East Lincoln Speedway, he promised the competitors, fans and local community that he was committed to keeping grassroots racing alive in the area and making improvements in the facility.
As the 3/8 mile clay oval prepares for its third season of racing under his leadership, Evernham announced today that he is launching a major capital improvement campaignto improve safety and enhance competition at the track.
Improvements include removal of the inside guardrail and installation of a four-foot poured concrete wall in its place. The new wall will widen the straightaways and turns, adding an additional racing groove and allowing for more side-by-side racing without changing the length of the track. Improvements will also be made to the way cars exit the racing surface, to increase safety and enhance traffic flow. Rifenburg Construction, a highway constuction and paving firm with offices in New York and Raleigh, NC, has been chosen to oversee the upgrade, after recently completing runway paving projects at Raleigh Durham Airport, Greenville Spartanburg Airport and Jackson, Mississippi.
“Each season, our goal is to make improvements to continue to enhance the experience for fans and competitors,” said Evernham. “We’ve improved the track surface, the inspection area and process, the garage area and the fan facilities in our first two years. But this is the largest – and most important – project we’ve tackled. It will make significant improvements to the safety of the competitors on the track. The expanded racing surface and new groove will make the action even more intense, so fans are going to love that.”
Construction will begin February 14 and be completed in time for the early April opening day at the track.