WILLIAMSON – (Monday, April 18, 2016) – Members of the public will get a long-awaited sneak peek at the Twin Branch Motorsports Complex drag strip this Saturday, April 23, at the facility.
The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony at the dragstrip at 1 p.m. The ceremony will be hosted by the Mingo County Commission and the Logan County Commission and will feature a “cruise in” event featuring the cars of local drag racing enthusiasts. The facility is still under construction; however, interest in the progress of the project has led local leaders to offer a preview of what is to come.
The facility is the result of a public/private partnership between the two commissions and CONSOL Energy, which has invested more than $2 million in private funds to assist with the construction of the facility.
CONSOL, a local coal operator, has been instrumental in designing this post mine land use project for the economic benefit of both Mingo and Logan counties. CONSOL’s contributions to the project include: Completion of both the asphalt and concrete portions of the track area, including the return road; 100-foot water box/burnout area; 54-foot wide 1/8-mile track; 200-foot staging area; 22-foot wide return road; and a one-and-a-half-mile access road to accommodate race haulers in reaching the facility.
Safety walls at the facility are currently under construction.
In addition to working with the county commissions to construct the facility, CONSOL representatives have also worked closely with Phil Gingrich of the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) to develop the facility to IHRA specifications in order for the track to gain IHRA sanctioning.
Other companies working on the project include Wright Concrete and West Virginia Paving.
In addition to the cruise in, Saturday’s event will feature entertainment by coal miner-turned-country music singer Tim Bentley. Concessions will be available. Those attending are asked to be bring lawn chairs.