Well, Heartland Park is more a political and public opinion issue. Much the same as TWS, which will be replaced with development. In both cases, someone felt that more money could be made through the development path, so the decisions to close have been pushed through.Saw that earlier today as well...sad thing...it was on my bucket list for tracks to go to
Neil, I don't get the deal with the financials either. Apparently owning a race track nowadays is not a profitable business. I don't understand that considering the amount of money it takes to rent a track even for 1 day. I also don't get how some tracks are closing down (Texas World Speedway, now Miller, and it's possible that in the next few months Heartland Park Topeka will close too) but yet in the last couple of years they've built COTA, NCM, and I've seen plans for a new track somewhere else (can't remember where, but I think it was in Colorado), and other tracks are investing money into repaving. How is it that some have all this money and others are constantly losing it??
Sad to see that. I don't understand how as a kid of a guy who owns a racetrack, you don't get passionate about motorsports If my dad would've had a race track when I was growing up, I would've been there all the time.Larry Miller had a passion for motorsports and was not afraid to break even on the track financially. When he died and the rest of the family took over, pretty much all of the major events ceased participation at MMP for whatever reason and with very few major events coming, spectator attendance fell dramatically.
Basically after Larry passed, the rest of the Miller family have little interest in motorsports so the place brings in no money because no-one seems to be able to market the place for what it is and it doesn't bring in any money.