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Kalispell's Montana Raceway Park closes down

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Posted at 9:18 AM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 18:40:06-04

KALISPELL — The engines have been idled at the Montana Raceway Park north of Kalispell.

The owners of the racetrack have announced that they are permanently shutting down.

The Thornton family posted a message announcing the closure on the Montana Raceway Park website saying that after 30 years they will be closing.

Several reasons are being given for the decision including, "constant vandalism, declining fan bases and support."

“The COVID-19 crisis which has forced us to close our doors for the season will have an unsurvivable economic impact forcing our hand,” the message also stated.

The track would usually run its season from May through the end of September, with races held on Saturday nights.

The Montana Raceway Park also played host to the annual Montana 200 race.

We will have more information on this developing story as it becomes available.