Storm cleanup underway at the Clarksville Speedway

Clarksville Speedway storm damage
Posted at 4:16 PM, Oct 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-28 08:12:07-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Crews are racing to get the Clarksville Speedway operational again after a storm wreaked havoc on the property.

The bleachers around the track were blown over by high winds on Saturday according to the owner, William Scogin.

"About 4 o’clock it got pretty windy, so I was running around the parking lot catching barrels, and the fire department called and said that containers on the back stretch of this was laying in the road, so I looked around and saw the bleachers flipped over on the race tracks," Scogin said, "Gotta get her cleaned up, and get her going."

Scogin said it's hard to believe that winds as high as 70 mph could cause such a big mess. He estimates the damage will cost between $500,000 and $750,000. Fortunately, they have insurance.

"Twenty years I’ve been here, and out of all the storms, I’ve never seen anything like this," Scogin said, "We’ll temporarily get something in, and start working on next year, because I got one race left."

Workers spent Sunday lending a helping hand.

"Some of them are my crew, some of them are volunteers, some of them are just good people," Scogin said.

Multiple lights fell over too. Crews will be at the Clarksville Speedway through the week getting the speedway operational before a drag race and big stock car race this weekend.

"I should be able to get the lights back on we lost more than 50 percent of our lights," Scogin said.

On Sunday afternoon, more than 20,000 customers were still without power in the Montgomery County area.