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Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, OK Sold

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Jake and Kelsey Davis are set to purchase Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, OK.

Since 1971, Tri-State Speedway has been a towering presence in the Arkansas River Valley, fittingly for the 2023 Points Championship season finale honoring the tracks first owner Tillman Evans, The Might Tri-State Speedway will be in the process of transfer of ownership. Jake and Kelsey Davis of D&D Properties will be taking over the Speedway from Michael and Jerri Hoover of Hoover Properties Inc.

Current track owners Michael and Jerri Hoover want to thank all the fans, drivers, sponsors, and employees for six amazing years of support and success. “Even though the track was not for sale, after many discussions with Jake Davis about the future of Tri-State Speedway’s success and infrastructure, it made more sense for someone like Jake to take it over.” Michael Hoover stated “Jake Davis wears so many hats in the construction business and has the same love and vision for Tri-State Speedway. Jake and Kelsey Davis are the perfect people to take Tri-State Speedway to the next level.”

The visions the Hoovers had for the track remain the same: a venue just off Turn 1, the Concert stage in the top pits, and the Tri-State Speedway Hall of Fame will remain part plans Jake and Kelsey have for the track. Jake and Kelsey will be just the 6th owner of the track in its 52-year history. “Every track owner and promoter has upgraded Tri-State Speedway and has added their own unique ideas.” Hoover said, “From races like The Spooker and The Kegger, the Steel Horse Rally, the Loud Pedal Amphitheater, fist bumping kids down Victory Lane, the infield pits, and the 360 view right off Interstate 540.”

The track has an illustrious history and more recently has become a viral sensation for it’s “Black Ice” surface. Aside from the consistent surface, the move to fully sanctioned USRA classes, has not only provided a much-needed stability for racers and brought several former racers back to the track.

“We are looking forward to continuing to build off the of the foundation the Hoovers have laid. We will continue with the existing schedule for this year and are working on events for next year already.” Jake Davis said, “We plan to stay USRA sanctioned and look forward to working with other tracks to grow USRA racing in our region.”

“I can tell you first hand how amazing that feeling is the first day you own something of that magnitude and history. I can’t imagine what’s going through Jake’s mind since he grew up at Tri-State when his father Sonny Davis owned and operated the facility.” Hoover said, “We are excited to see what Jake and Kelsey have planned for TSS.”

“The speedway just has an environment about it, that’s second to none. We’re thankful that we were able to be a small part of it’s history.” – Michael Hoover

With three events remaining on the schedule, 53rd Points Championship Night Honoring Tillman Evans, the 44th Annual Spooker, and the Salute to Service POWRi 410 Sprints it’s going to be a busy time at the Speedway. The Spooker attracts racers from all over the country with car totals on each of the four nights exceeding 200+. “We are all going to hit the ground running and get ready for the 44th running Spooker Oct. 18th through the 21st. The Hoovers and the Davis’ invite everyone out to join us and make the Spooker even bigger and better than it has been the last several years.” Michael Hoover said. 

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