Spring opening planned for Massachusetts race track

Publish Date: 
Aug 18, 2014

PALMER, Mass. – Speed demons in the Northeast will have a new destination next spring, If everything goes as scheduled.

Construction began in 2013 on the Whiskey Hill Raceway at Palmer Motorsports Park, and owners are shooting for a 2015 opening.

The raceway will offer auto racing of all types as well as motorcycle racing, filling a void left since the track at Loudon, New Hampshire changed its focus to NASCAR.

This 2.3-mile-long road course will offer 15 turns and a long straightaway. The park, which sits on 658 acres near the Palmer-Ware line in the Whiskey Hill area of Thorndike, also may be used for driver education, training and motor vehicle testing, according to The Republican.

Local motorcycle author Ken Condon and Tony Iannarelli of Longmeadow, who put on Tony's Track Days motorcycle training courses, are hoping to use the Whiskey Hill Track. Currently they use tracks in Connecticut and New York as well as the New Hampshire Speedway.

Not everyone is excited about the track. Many people from the bordering town of Ware believe the track will be a disruptive force. Some are unhappy that more than 600 acres of mountainous woodlands were chosen as the site.

For more information on the Palmer Motorsports Park, see www.palmermotorsportspark.com.