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The dirt will fly during 2015 at Memphis International Raceway

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The Dirt will Fly during the Summer of 2015 at Memphis International Raceway

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (November 26, 2014) - Memphis International Raceway (MIR) is proud to announce that they will break ground on a 3/10-mile dirt track early next year. The new addition to the multi-use facility will make MIR the premiere racing destination for fans and racers. The dirt track will run weekly events as well as host special events throughout the season with plans to open during the summer of 2015.

A2H engineers, architects and planners, have been named the firm to help bring the dirt track vision into a reality. Based out of the Lakeland, Tenn., the local firm has assisted with multiple community, industrial and athletic projects in the Mid-South area. They will assist with the creation, planning and construction of the brand-new race track at MIR. In addition, Ben Shelton has been tabbed as the consultant on the project.

"A2H is looking forward to supporting Memphis International Raceway with these required upgrades, adding a new dirt track and surrounding facilities," stated Jerry James, Associate and VP Business Development at A2H. "A2H employee's history is strong with this race track - having family members competing and attending many races over the years. It is our honor to be part of this exciting new chapter for MIR."

MIR will become the only motorsports venue in the Mid-South to offer fans a widespread variety of options when it comes to racing. The venue currently has three complete tracks, including a high- performance road course, a historic drag strip and a ¾-mile paved tri-oval. The 2015 schedule already boasts over 150 events on the drag strip, with announcements to be made at a later date regarding the dirt track schedule.

"Our goal is to become the premiere racing destination in the Mid-South," stated Pam Kendrick VP and GM of Memphis International Raceway. "The state-of-the-art dirt track will be all about the fans and racers. It's going to feature a fan viewing deck, large concession stand, modern restrooms, both paved and grass pit areas and much more. We're excited about this and are working hard to get the track open as soon as possible."

MIR is currently in the planning phase and will send out updates once the classes, rules, schedule, pricing and other information become available regarding the dirt track. Please go to http://racemir.com/dirttrack or visit the website and click on "Track & Events" to access the dirt track page for additional information and to sign-up for email updates. Social media updates can be found on Instagram and Twitter @RaceMIR and a new Facebook page will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Bobby Sides to Join the Memphis International Raceway Team

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (December 2, 2014) - Memphis International Raceway (MIR) is pleased to announce that Bobby Sides is joining the organization as Director of Race Operations - Dirt Track & Road Course, effective January 2, 2015. Bobby will oversee racing operations on the dirt track which is scheduled to open summer of 2015. He will also oversee operations on the road course and special events held at MIR.

Bobby brings with him 31 years of management experience and was the former operations manager at Memphis Motorsports Park from 2003 - 2009. He was heavily involved with the dirt track on the MIR property as, he planned and coordinated all the weekly events and oversaw the staff. He will join the MIR team early next year and be involved in the construction and development of the events at the new state-of-the-art dirt track.

"I couldn't be more pleased to have Bobby join the team and take MIR into the next chapter with the addition of a weekly Friday night dirt track program to our already impressive schedule," stated Pam Kendrick, VP and GM of Memphis International Raceway. "With Bobby's experience and knowledge in the industry, and prior experience at this facility, it was an automatic call once the expansion was finalized. He is a natural fit at MIR with his experience, love of the sport and racer relationships."

"I'm very excited and look forward to the new challenge this opportunity brings at this time in my life," stated Bobby Sides. "I'm looking forward to seeing the dirt track become a reality for the racers and the fans. This is something people have been asking for, and I'm excited to be a part of it."

MIR recently announced they will break ground on a 3/10-mile dirt track early next year. The new addition to the multi-use facility will make MIR the premiere racing destination for fans and racers. The dirt track will run weekly events as well as host special events throughout the season with plans to open during the summer of 2015.

Please go to http://racemir.com/dirttrack for additional information and to sign up for email updates. Social media updates can be found on Instagram and Twitter @RaceMIR and a new Facebook page will be announced next week.

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Glad to see Memphis getting another dirt track. When I raced at the one in the early 2000's, it was packed every Friday night. MIR and Riverside should get together on some rules and give racers 2 tracks to race at close together.

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