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Wild West Motorsports Park closing, cites “unfortunate circumstances”

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Credit: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series

Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, Nevada, has hosted a variety of off-road racing series like the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Entering 2021, the track had plans to welcome two new series with Nitro Rallycross and Great American Shortcourse. However, those plans are now dead as the track announced its closure via Facebook on Monday night. A specific reason for the shutdown was not given outside of “unfortunate circumstances.”

“This message is to inform all the race fans, promoters, sponsors and racing family. We are sadly announcing that Wildwest Motorsports Park will be closing due to unfortunate circumstances,” began the post.

“We would like to thank all of our fans, sponsors, promoters and race teams that have helped us put on amazing and action packed events for the last 9 years.

“We ask that you support all of our partners, promoters and race teams that have helped make the last 9 years possible.

“I would personally like to thank everyone that was involved in helping us make our events happen.”

Located a short distance from Reno, Wild West Motorsports Park was opened in August 2012 by Q&D Construction founder Norm Dianda. It was added to the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series calendar in 2013 and quickly took the throne as the series’ longest track at 1.3 miles in length. A second race was included in 2014, solifying it as a mainstay on the LOORRS schedule. Other events at the track included Nor Cal Rock Racing and the Ultra4 National Championship.

However, 2020 was an especially difficult year for the track due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The LOORRS weekend was initially planned for July before being indefinitely postponed and removed entirely. LOORRS folded at the end of the year.

Nitro Rallycross had hoped to race at Wild West Motorsports Park on 2/3 October as the second round of its five-weekend inaugural season, while Great American Shortcourse—which kicked off this past weekend—planned to run there the following week as its third event. Neither series have announced replacement dates.

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