Tri-County Speedway Receives NC Department of Commerce Motorsports Grant

Tri-County Speedway Receives NC Department of Commerce Motorsports Grant

Image: Car pictured at the Tri-county speedway

NC Department of Commerce recently awarded Tri-County Speedway a $485,000 grant to assist  with facility upgrades, including new lighting, paving, and additional bathrooms and concession  stand. 

“As owners of Tri-County, the Higgins family has made a huge investment in the speedway, and this  grant is a shot in the arm in our plans for even more improvements,” said Ronald Payne, Racing  Director at Tri-County Speedway. 

The primary project will be switching the track’s current lighting to LED, using the same lighting  style as Daytona International Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.  

“LED lights are more environmentally friendly and leave a smaller carbon footprint,” said Payne.  “Plus, it will be cost savings in the long run.” 

Plans call for the lights to be installed by the end of 2022. Other upgrades include paving in the  straightaways and adding bathrooms and a concession stand in the back straightway. 

The grant from the state’s Motorsports Relief Fund, administered by the North Carolina Department  of Commerce, help motorsports venues recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The Higgins family purchased Tri-County in 2019 and began making improvements to the track;  however, they were unable to hold a full race schedule until 2021,” explained Payne. “So this grant  funding is a god-send in our ongoing effort to make improvements to the facility.” 

One of 17 venues to receive the Motorsport grant, Tri-County worked with the Western Piedmont  Council of Governments to complete their grant application on behalf of Caldwell County. 

“We want to thank Rep. Destin Hall and the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners for all of their  help in obtaining this grant,” said Payne.

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