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Memphis Motorsports Park to close down at the end of the 2009 season after potential sale of the venue falls through
With a pending sale of Memphis Motorsports Park having fallen through, Dover Motorsports, which owns the facility, announced Friday that it will close the track at the end of the season and move its scheduled Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series dates to other racetracks in its portfolio.

Memphis' April 2 truck series date moves to Nashville in 2010, to be held in conjunction with the April 3 Nationwide Series race there. The scheduled Oct. 23 Nationwide Series race will move to Gateway International Raceway outside St. Louis, giving Gateway two Nationwide events next year.

"This was a difficult decision for us, but one that ultimately was dictated by economics," Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, said in a statement released Friday. "We greatly appreciate the many years of dedication shown by our Memphis employees and their efforts to make Memphis such a great destination for the racing community -- from racing fans and drivers to sponsors, team owners and sanctioning bodies.

"For all concerned, including the Memphis community, it is truly sad to see Memphis Motorsports Park taken off the racing schedule. NASCAR has approved the realignment of our NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series events from Memphis Motorsports Park to our Nashville and Gateway facilities."

Accordingly, Brad Keselowski, who won last Saturday's Nationwide race at Memphis, will be the last recipient of the "Elvis" trophy that has gone to race winners there.



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