O’Reilly Raceway Park, a cornerstone facility for the NHRA for more than 40 years, figured to be a prime benefactor of that plan. The U.S. Nationals have been held here since 1961. HD Partners Acquisition Corp. Chairman and CEO Eddy Hartenstein in May said he thought paying $121 million for four NHRA tracks and the Powerade Drag Racing Series was a good value.
Sources close to the deal indicated Hartenstein could try to revive the deal when the economy strengthens. In the meantime, though, racing insiders wonder how much marketing muscle the NHRA has lost, and how that will affect the local track. The full story is here. What do you think?