OKC Speedway Reopens After Taking Direct Hit From Tornado

Saturday, August 3rd 2013, 11:25 am
By: News 9

It was a sign of progress as the I-44 Riverside Speedway, which took a direct hit by the May 20 tornado, reopens. And it's a big comeback.

Friday night, the track hosted its largest race ever with 162 cars.

The speedway is the only speedway in central Oklahoma. It saw a lot of damage in the wake of the tornado but the owner, Mark Banister, says he owes everything to the racing fans.

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"During this interim of not racing, the Moore community and Oklahoma City community out here really pitched in and helped me with their donations and their time. They spent a lot of time out here," owner Mark Banister said.

Banister says the track is not at 100 percent, but with a little more work and time it will be soon.