Unity Raceway will open for three races this season as owner Ralph Nason continues his search for someone to lease the track.
“I wasn’t going to open it all,” said Nason, 74, who bought the stock car track in 1980. “Then we decided to have three races, to give something for the fans.”
Unity faced an uncertain future after a lease disagreement with Jere Humphrey left the track without a manager this season.
The track typically opens Memorial Day weekend.
Nason decided to open the gates for three races after talking with Derek Mingo, who founded the Outlaw Super Series of Maine.
“We got to talking and it sounded like something we could do,” Nason said.
The first is July 5 at 8 p.m.
The show will feature a fireworks display, a car show and an Outlaw Super Series of Maine feature.
The series, which Mingo, 47, of Ellsworth, formed in late fall, has limited rules.
“It’s more for drivers with an older Late Model or a street stock,” Mingo said. “We only have nine rules and everything is equalized by tires and right-side weight. We have four races up at (Speedway 95 in Hermon) and a few at Oxford and Spud Speedway. We set this up as a class that doesn’t cot too much money.”
The July 5 event will also feature different classes of vintage cars and Enduros.
The series will return to Unity in mid-August and again September, when Nason plans to bring back the annual Long John.
“We’re trying to bring something back,” Nason said. “We’ll see how it goes.”