HARRISBURG, Ark. – A popular venue for dirt-track racing in Northeast Arkansas is waving the red flag.
NEA Speedway announced Tuesday it is shutting down effective immediately. A statement from the race track’s Facebook page, signed by Fred Edwards Jr., blamed it on difficult financial conditions.
“It’s been a tough 2 seasons and we’ve come to the decision that it’s best to close due to continued losses weekly and a sizable additional losses if we finished out the year,” Edwards’ post said. “Not one thing is to blame but a culmination of many put us behind the 8 ball and only gave us hope that hard work would overcome adversity but it wasn’t reality, it has cost us financially an embarrassing amount of money trying to make it turn around.”
“The hardest part is we’ll miss our fans, friends and workers and the smiles of so many,” Edwards continues. “We close in saying our family will take away only the good memories and the friendships that we forged during our time. Thank you for letting us serve you, we will see you at the tracks both here in Arkansas and Mississippi working to help those who race to realize their dreams.”
(Photo Source: NEA Speedway Facebook page)