Drivers rev their engines at Chandler’s Speedpark after two-year hiatus


CHANDLER, IN (WEHT) – It was much anticipated opening in Chandler , as racers revved their engines at the former Chandler Motor Speedway, now known as Movieland SpeedPark, for the first time in two years.

There was lots of excitement as the sights and sounds of Friday night racing were heard once again in Chandler. But the drivers are not the only ones coming home to the track once again.

“I like the hot laps, I like the heat races,” said Friday’s official starter Don Waters. He is a lifelong race fan.

And luckily for fans like him, after two long years, the dirt, horsepower and Friday night lights are back in Warrick County.
“So many people thought it would never open again. But we got it,” said Movieland Speedpark owner Reno Fontana.

Drivers, racing fans and even some old friends made Friday night a big success. “Me and Reno have been friends since grade school,” said Waters. “And about a quarter til five I got a facebook message sayin’ ‘could you flag tonight?’ I wrote him back — are you out of your mind? I haven’t been in the flag stand in 15 years.” 
Waters is not th only speedway veteran making his return. He is in good company with 15-year-old Kiley James.

“I’m going to be singing the national anthem. […] I’m honestly really glad I get to do it again.” 

The drivers finally put the pedal to the metal again on and off the track.
“Once you get them off the track, it’s a whole different deal,” saud Kiley’s dad and race car driver Joey James. “Everybody’s here to help each other.”

Experienced fans like Eli Thompson want everyone to know they’re invited.
“They should come!” 

But for those already familiar with racing here, everything is back to how it should be on a Friday night.

“This place has been here since 1968, a lot of history, an iconic property for the community,” said Fontana. He said he doesn’t plan to stop at Friday nights. He wants to make this a full-time track, and plans to add other assets like a jogging track and programs for the community.
But for now, the racing community is just happy to be back.

“Being able to be back here feels great, to be home and be with my racing family,” said James.
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(This story was originally published on May 10, 2019)

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