History of ona speedway
ONA SPEEDWAY HISTORY Ona Speedway is West Virginia’s only asphalt track measuring 7/16 mile. It is located in Ona, WV approximately halfway between Charleston and Huntington. Ona Speedway has been known by many names over the years. These names include Huntington International Speedway and under the ownership of Dick Clark it was known as Dick Clark’s International Raceway Park.
Ona Speedway’s long history began on August 18, 1963, when it was known as WV International Speedway. The race was called “The Mountaineer 300" and was a NASCAR Grand National Race. It was estimated that 16,000 people turned out for “The Mountaineer 300.” The track remained open for several years before shutting down around 1975. Many racing legends began their career at Ona Speedway. These names include......Richard Petty, Ned Jarrett and Buck Baker just to name a few.
In 1995, the track was reopened by Donnie Chapman and had several successful seasons. In 1999, Donnie Chapman leased the track out but it soon closed again. In 2005, the track was leased to Billy and Jennifer Rose, who operated it until August of 2007. The Roses elected not to renew their lease and ended the 2007 season with the August 15 race.
In February 2007, the airpark and speedway were purchased by Lynn and Bill Bauer. The new owner's son, Bill Wallace, and local business people Jerry Skeens completed the season with the "Halloween 310" event on October 13, 2007. This team will continue to operate the track for the 2010 season forward.
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