Drivers, fans and officials are excited about the 2014 reopening of Barberton Speedway, a 1/4-mile asphalt oval located in Norton, Ohio. After an ownership change following the 2011 season, the track underwent an overhaul, including a repave, and was open to racing on a weekly basis in 2012. After a season with ups and downs, the track was only open for three shows this past year. Everyone associated with Barberton wanted to see it reopen on a weekly basis, as just a few events weren't enough to fill the appetite of those who call the track their home.
Enter Bill Vinton, a man who has been involved in racing for over 50 years. Vinton started racing at age 15 at Mt. Clemens Speedway in Michigan. He continued to wheel a car until the age of 41, when an automobile accident ended his driving duties. Vinton has continued to support the sport that he loves so much by sponsoring and owning cars year-after-year.
His new endeavor is full ownership of Barberton Speedway, which may be the most challenging of his racing career. Vinton is thrilled to be part of one of Northeast Ohio's very own speedways. His years of experience in racing is nothing compared to his passion for the sport that will always show to the future racers and fans of Barberton Speedway.
Vinton stated, "Here's a year worth remembering! I look forward to meeting all of you in 2014. Happy New Year Barberton!"
The track will be open weekly on Friday nights in 2014 with racing action from Late Models, Modifieds, Streets/Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, and Compacts. Other special event divisions will be added on a part time basis as well. In addition, to the delight of many, the name has been changed back to Barberton Speedway, from Barberton Raceway Park, as it had been known the last couple of years.
Rules and schedule are being formulated by officials and will be released in the immediate future.