There will be sports car road races today at the two-mile Summit Point, W. Va. course and, "The track will continue to operate in the future," said Thomas DeLashmutt who owns the circuit with his brother Basil.
"It is available for sale," the Arlington land developer said. "My brother would like to sell, but I wouldn't. The fact is we have owned it for three years and it is fully depreciated. So, it is a pretty good investment. However, there is absolutely no pressure to sell."
DeLashmutt would not suggest an offering price.The track is used almost every weekend for nine months for sports car, motorcycle and kart races and driving schools. "I have suggested to the SCCA (Washington Region, Sports Car Club of America) that they buy it," DeLashmutt said. "It is entirely suitable for them, if they operate it as a business."
A group of sports car enthusiasts, the Lavendar Hill Mob, operated the old Marlboro track during its heydays in the 1980s. The Mob sold its several years before it finally closed in 1969.
DeLashmutt in a motor sports competitor himself. He and Carlos Neiderhauser of Charles Town, W. Va., finished the London-to-Sidney Rally last year. He is thinking about competing in next year's 7,000-mile Round-Australia Rally.
When a racing driver doesn't win, he changes cars if he can afford it. Richard Petty, victor in 185 Grand National stock car races, has gone winless for a year so he's switching from his Dodge to a Chevrolet for the Aug. 20 Michigan International event.
Petty has been racing Chrysler machines for almost all his 20 years in the sport. He drove Fords in 1969 but came back to a Dodge the next year. He'll be in the Dodge next Sunday for the 500-miler at Pocono, Pa., Raceway and the Talledega, Ala., 500 Aug. 6, then he will park it.
"The car just didn't do what we wanted it to do (in the July 4 Daytona Beach race)," Petty said. "The car, coupled with the fact there were no midseason rule changes (to make the Dodge more competitive with Chevrolet) were the deciding factors."
They do change rules in midseason in the National Association for Stock Car Racing (NASCAR) to try to equalize racing after officials have seen how the cars perform.The Dodge is considered bulky and is down in horsepower compared to the Chevrolet.
Its shape can't be changed, but Chevrolet's power could have been reduced by adjustments in the carburetor restrictor plates NASCAR requires on Grand National sedans. The plates restrict a car's "breathing" and a smaller aperature can reduce power output.
Petty said he may return to Dodge next year. He is not "making plans" to do so, however. Still, the Pettys have a thriving business selling Chrysler speed parts and a hugh inventory in racing equipment that must be considered.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be filled with more than 600 beautiful examples of what were called "the insolent chariots" next weekend when The Milestone Car Society holds its annual meeting here.
Frank and Thelma Feighery, who operate a "mom and pop" ice cream parlor in Colvin Run, Va., will drive out in their 1962 Cadillac El Camine pickup truck towing a matching trailer carrying their 1964 Amphicar. Milestoners like cars of the 1945-64 era complete with tail fins and chrome.
In the competition to pick the best cars, entrants will be judged on 50 items. "I won one of these contests once because the judges lifted the floorboards of my Lincoln to check the battery case." Feighery said. "Mine was spotless. The fellow I beat had forgotten about it. That cost him points and first place."