Local race tracks partnering with NASCAR

Lonesome Pine Raceway and Kingsport Speedway are combining efforts and will host the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

This is a comeback for Lonesome Pine Raceway. The Coeburn, Va. based track was previously sanctioned by NASCAR from 1990-99 and 2002-04.

The two tracks will now share divisions, rules and officials. Local drivers will be able to compete in the same divisions at both tracks.

Former Late Model champion Keith Stiltner will operate both facilities and Kingsport General Manager Karen Tunnell will serve as GM at both tracks.

"The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series' return to Lonesome Pine Raceway is exciting news," said Bob Duvall, NASCAR senior director for business development in a release.

"There are so many great drivers and NASCAR enthusiasts in the region. Our partnership with Keith, Karen, Lonesome Pine and Kingsport is an ideal opportunity for competitors and fans alike."

Opening day is April 12.

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