Interstate 77 Speedway in Fairplains is undergoing a facelift.

It will now be known as I-77 Motorsports Park, and along with the regular Saturday racing program, it will host Friday ATV dirt drag races.

A new management team, led by Robert and Peggy Johnson, assumed the reins July 7 after the facilities were shut down by the former promoter July 3.

The track reopened last Saturday and the first order of business was just to get some cosmetic work done around the facility.

“So far, and this doesn’t sound like much, they’ve simply got the grass cut to where you can see the track,” track spokesman Aaron Rose said. “Cutting all the grass, cleaning up trash — there were no Dumpsters or anything there. They were putting trash over the hill. It’s unbelievable some of the stuff that had been done.”

The new management has retained the track prep man and will run the same classes, Late Models, Street Stocks, Four-Cylinders Stocks, AMRA Modifieds and Dwarf Cars.

Up next is repairing the bleachers.

“We’re trying to figure out a way to fix those now,” Rose said. “They’re rough, to say the least. We’re not sure what route we’re going to go with that.”

The Johnson’s are also planning a motocross track for the 14-acre facility that will run Sundays.

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