EXCLUSIVE: SHS Student Leads New Effort to Get Sheridan Speedway Up and Running

EXCLUSIVE: SHS Student Leads New Effort to Get Sheridan Speedway Up and Running (Photos courtesy Jeff and Lorna Pelesky)
EXCLUSIVE: SHS Student Leads New Effort to Get Sheridan Speedway Up and Running (Photos courtesy Jeff and Lorna Pelesky)

A junior at Sheridan High School is leading a re-energized effort to get the Sheridan Speedway up and running. Sheridan Media's Chris Foy has the story.


It's less than a mile from the center of town and was once a bustling racing hub, but for the most part the Sheridan Speedway has been forgotten. But Spencer Porden, a junior at Sheridan High School, hasn't forgotten. He's spearheading an effort to repair, renovate and revamp the speedway.

The first thing needed is operating capital to secure the land the speedway actually sits on - roughly $500,000 to purchase the land or $30,000 to lease the land for four months. Porden says it would likely take another $500,000 to bring the speedway up to snuff. He says the City has not expressed any interest in purchasing the land.

Porden says his interest in the speedway peaked when he saw photos of the speedway after it was vandalized years ago. Windows were shot out, vehicles were used for target practice, buildings were scarred with graffiti - and the old racetrack sits as a meager shell of what it once was.

There have been others before Porden though. Jeff and Lorna Pelesky headed their own initiatives for a number of years to re-open the racetrack. Porden explains what his next steps will be.


To check out the group's Facebook page, which was created after this story was first published, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/.... Below photos courtesy of Jeff and Lorna Pelesky.

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