Rocky Mountain Raceway will close after 2018 season

Rocky Mountain Raceway will close after 2018 season. (File photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) – Officials at Rocky Mountain Raceway announced Thursday the popular racing venue will close down after the 2018 racing season.

The raceway’s property off SR-201 in West Valley City was under a lease that will expire next year and a new commercial development will replace Rocky Mountain Raceway.

“We’ve invested a great deal in the racing community, and we aren’t walking away from that,” Spencer Young Sr. of the Young Automotive Group said in a statement released Thursday.

Young said the company explored the option of building a new track and contacted the Utah Sports Commission about the possibility of turning the track into a public venue, but neither option worked out.

Young said the automotive group will continue to sponsor racers and support racing after the track closes.

Rocky Mountain Raceway’s General Manager Mike Eames said the venue’s closure will have a big impact on the racing community.

“Since this venue opened, so many memories have been made here. Life-long friendships have been created. People have met here through racing, developed their own love story, and are now married with children. If the Young Automotive Group didn’t create this incredible place, none of those memories would have been possible. We look forward to creating as many new memories as possible during our 2018 season.” Eames said in a statement.

The raceway opened in the 1990s and has hosted racing professionals such as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle and Kurt Bush and Ken Schrader, according to Rocky Mountain Raceway press release.

The raceway plans to host several events in the 2018 season.

“I feel very proud of the last 22 years and what we’ve built and the historic racing and family memories we’ve made. We invite you to come out and celebrate with us during this final season,” Young said.

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