WEST VALLEY CITY — The 2018 racing season will be the 50th to be held at the Rocky Mountain Raceways' location, and it will also be the final one.
The venue, which includes an NHRA-sanctioned drag strip, a 3/8th mile oval and motocross track, will close after next season, Spencer Young Sr., CEO of the Young Automotive Group announced Thursday.
Freeport West purchased the location in 2014 but continued to lease the track to the Young Automotive Group. That five-year lease will not be renewed because Freeport West has other plans for the 50-acre property.
“We’ve invested a great deal in the racing community, and we aren’t walking away from that,” Spencer Young Sr., said in a news release. “We will continue to sponsor racers and support racing.”
The Young Automotive Group bought the property — then called Bonneville Raceways — in the 1990s. The release also said the company looked at several options to save the track, including buying new property as well as contacting West Valley City and the Utah Sports Commission, but none of those options turned out to be viable.
“I feel very proud of the last 22 years and what we’ve built and the historic racing and family memories we’ve made,” Young said. “We invite you to come out and celebrate with us during this final season.”
RMR has plans for a full season in 2018 with 140 events scheduled.
“Since this venue opened, so many memories have been made here," RMR general manager Mike Eames said. "Lifelong 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.”