Racing returns to San Antonio Speedway

Author: David Sears, Reporter,
Published On: Oct 12 2012 05:39:43 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 12 2012 05:56:53 PM CDT

The San Antonio Speedway on Highway 16 is once again open for racing.

The track originally opened in 1977, but due to the economy and code compliance issues, it closed in 2007. 

Five years later, the engines will roar again.

"Hearing the roar of those engines, (there's) nothing like it," said Brian Bohlen, operations director for the speedway.

For the last five years, drivers were having to leave Texas and head to Florida or Alabama to race.

"This is a nice facility to come to. It's got a lot of speed, (with a) nice high bank (and) corners. It's pretty exciting for the fans to come watch and it's exciting for a driver too," said Matt Smith, a driver from Houston.

The track will host a big one weekend event for now. 

Octoberfast will be held Oct. 18-20. 

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"I think there is the interest in San Antonio to see racing after five years. It's been awhile. I think it will bring out a good crowd," said Bohlen.

Bohlen said they plan to have three or four big events in 2013.