Racing Still Alive in Salem
Quaker City Raceway—now officially Quaker City Motorsports Park—is alive and well. And the racing will continue.
The track in Salem, which hosted NHRA Winston and Federal-Mogul Sportsman championships for 20 years, faced an uncertain future for most of 2010. After getting a new owner last fall, however, the future of the facility now appears to be bright.
Norman Fox, the owner of Fox Auto Salvage & Parts Inc., purchased the track at auction in October. City officials in Salem had planned to purchase the property for industrial development, but ran into zoning issues and failed to secure the money necessary, so former owner Dan Swindell decided to take it to auction.
Fox secured it at a great price, and he has big plans.
The first major step occurred shortly before Thanksgiving when the International Hot Rod Association announced that it will be one of their sanctioned tracks in 2011, which necessitated a name change from Quaker City Raceway to Quaker City Motorsports Park. Additional changes include an upgrade the timing system, track surface and pit area.
Fox is also considering a possible go-cart racetrack, where people young and old who share an interest in racing can try their skills. Another possibility down the road is a road racing track, but some of these ideas could be a long way down the road.
"It's something I've loved all my life is racing," Fox said, "and I have the wherewithal, I think, to make it a nice place for the next generation."
Dick and Vivian Mossey opened the track in 1957 after Dick Mossey tired of going to Akron's Rubber Bowl to race.