A little over a week after the owners of Clay Valley Speedway in Coeburn, Virginia, decided to close the dirt track, the facility is now listed for sale on eBay.
Businessman and former racer Bobby Hill from St. Paul bought the former Lonesome Pine Raceway seven months after the 45-year-old asphalt track closed in 2017 due to slim car counts and lackluster attendance.
Following a national trend, Hill decided to convert his facility into a 3/8 mile clay oval.
Clay Valley opened in March of this year with a decent car count and two more races followed. But after six consecutive cancellations due to rain, Hill was unable to generate enough competitors or fans to keep the track open.
Full program set for Kingsport
Friday’s Food City 175 at Kingsport Speedway will feature action in the Late Model, Modified Street, Pure 4, Mod 4, and Pure Street classes.
Gates open at 5 p.m., with the first race set for 8.
An open practice is set for today from 3-8 p.m. Fans will be admitted free.
Inaugural Hall of Fame class announced
The Appalachian League announced its seven-member class for its inaugural Hall of Fame in a press release on Wednesday.
The honorees, all of whom are also members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, include Greg Maddux, Eddie Murray, Kirby Puckett, Cal Ripken Jr., Nolan Ryan, Jim Thome and Alan Trammell.
"With the Appalachian League’s long and stories past, it seems only fitting that the league should establish a Hall of Fame," Appalachian League President Don Moushon said, in the release. "We could not ask for a more deserving and exciting inaugural class."
Here are a few stats for each of the honorees from their time in the Appalachian League.
Greg Maddux: Pikeville Cubs, 1984; 6-2, 2.63 ERA, 62 strikeouts in 14 games.
Eddie Murray: Bluefield Orioles, 1973; .287, 11 home runs, 32 RBI in 50 games.
Kirby Puckett: Elizabethton Twins, 1982; .382, 35 RBI, 43 stolen bases in 65 games.
Cal Ripken Jr.: Bluefield Orioles, 1978: .264, 24 RBI.
Nolan Ryan: Marion Mets, 1965; 3 wins, 115 strikeouts in 13 games.
Jim Thome: Burlington Indians, 1990: .373, 12 home runs, 34 RBI
Alan Trammell: Bristol Tigers, 1976; .271, 38 hits, 26 walks in 41 games.
According to the release, the first class was meant to be those players who are already in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In the future, honorees will include, but won’t be necessarily limited to, players, managers, coaches, umpires and team and league executives.
Only Appalachian League members from 1957 to the present will be considered.
Tennessee OL McBride giving up football
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— Tennessee freshman offensive lineman Melvin McBride is giving up football for medical reasons.
Volunteers coach Jeremy Pruitt said Wednesday that a "personal medical condition" was discovered during McBride’s physical after the offensive lineman arrived on campus. Pruitt didn’t specify the nature of McBride’s health issue.
"Melvin is a great young man, and my heart breaks for him and his family," Pruitt said in a statement.
Pruitt said McBride will remain on scholarship.
McBride tweeted earlier Wednesday that "health problems" were causing him to stop playing. McBride said football had changed his life and blessed him "in ways I could never imagine."
McBride becomes the latest in a series of Tennessee offensive linemen to say they’re leaving the team for medical reasons since the end of last season. The others are Tanner Antonutti, Devante Brooks, Eric Crosby and Chance Hall.
Hall was the only lineman in that group who played at all for Tennessee last season.
Former Oregon guard transfers to Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Former Oregon guard Victor Bailey Jr. has transferred to Tennessee and will play for the Volunteers in the 2020-21 season.
Tennessee coach Rick Barnes announced Tuesday that Bailey will enroll in summer school. Bailey will sit out the 2019-20 season because of NCAA transfer rules. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
The 6-foot-4 Bailey is from Austin, Texas, and averaged 7.4 points and 19.1 minutes for Oregon last season. He shot 39.8% from 3-point range, 41% from the floor and 91% on free-throw attempts.
Bailey becomes the second former Pac-12 player to transfer to Tennessee in the offseason. The Vols also added former Arizona State center Uros Plavsic, who is seeking an NCAA waiver to become eligible this season.