Lonesome Pine International Raceway announces new management.

COEBURN, VA- The owners of Lonesome Pine International Raceway, a NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge track located off Route 58 in Coeburn, VA, have named Morris Copley to the position of General Manager and Track Promoter.

Copley, from Allen, KY, has leased the track from the Kinzer family. Copley has a strong background in business management and is looking to use that knowledge and experience in the daily track operations. His desire to run the track comes from his involvement during the 2002 season and his passion for racing.

"I look forward to building on the foundation that has been developed at LPIR. The racing community and local race fans have shown us that they support our facility. My goal is to build on the 2002 season, in three main areas, car count, fan base and sponsor relations. With improvements in these areas I believe LPIR will provide everyone with a unique entertainment opportunity that can only be found in short track racing," said Copley.

The 2003 season is slated to begin in April. Copley and other track management fully anticipate running under a NASCAR sanction and plan to feature five divisions. The divisions include NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars, Limited Sportsman, Grand Stock, Modified 4's, and Pure Stock 4's. LPIR welcomes back the USAR Hooters Pro Cup touring series with a tentative race date of April 26th.

With new management in place, preparations for the 2003 season are underway. A schedule and rulebook will be available in the coming weeks. For more information please call the track office at 276-395-5001 or email us at LPIR@hotmail.com.