Twin State Speedway Cancels 2013 Season
Posted By Tj Ingerson On January 17, 2013
PHOTO: Twin State Speedway, seen here in 2009 with Sportsman Modified action, announced today it has canceled the 2013 Asphalt Racing Series portion of their schedule. (Eric LaFleche/VLFPhotos.com photo)
--by T.J. Ingerson
CLAREMONT, N.H. -- Twin State Speedway will not open for their Asphalt Racing Series in 2013, according to a message posted on the track’s website from owner and promoter Dennis Fleury on Thursday.
“After much consideration; (sic) I have decided it is best to cancel racing on the Asphalt Racing Series at Twin State Speedway for 2013,” Fleury stated in the message. “The track is for sale and I will be devoting my time to finding a buyer in time for them to open for the 2013 season.
“I want to thank all the loyal racers and fans that have supported this great facility throughout the years.”
Fleury purchased the speedway in 2004 from his cousin, Sherrie Fleury and her husband James Laneau. Dennis, the son of track founder Arthur Fleury, changed the name from the famed Claremont Speedway to Twin State Speedway after his purchase.
Car counts during the 2012 season continued to drop, as seen in previous years, and many events saw less than ten cars per division. Fleury had attempted to attract more cars by increasing the winner’s share of the purse with a guaranteed field of 15 cars.
Twin State Speedway did not host the three regional touring series that visited the track in 2011 last season. The American-Canadian Tour, Granite State Pro Stock Series, and Valenti Modified Racing Series each held 100-lap events at the track.
Claremont Speedway saw Peter Daniels win the national championship in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series in 2002. Daniels won 14 times and recorded a top-five finish in each of his 18 starts in the NASCAR Modified division.
Twin State dropped the famed Modified division halfway through the 2004 season due to dwindling car counts. The Modified division was eventually brought back under the Sportsman Modified platform with limited success.
The track property has been posted on speedwayforsale.com since the middle of last year. Fleury stated in September that he must lease or sell the speedway for 2013 due to “age and health reasons.” That was thought to have changed, however, when the track announced that the prospective 2013 season would see bi-weekly classes with the Tour-type Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds, Late Models, and Super Streets.
Twin State Speedway opened in 1947, according to the track's website.