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Oklahoma scene: Brill's Motor Speedway closes

Poor car counts and low attendance reasons why Brill family shuts down dirt track
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: July 11, 2013
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Brill's Motor Speedway in Meeker has closed and will not finish the 2013 dirt car racing season. The quarter-mile dirt track is owned by Mark Brill, a former Pro Stock champion at old State Fair Speedway. He told speedwaynews.net that dwindling car counts and sagging attendance were reasons why he and wife Debbie decided to close the facility off State Highway 18.

Six divisions raced on Saturday nights at the track, but in June, the Brills dropped the Modified class due to poor car counts. The track also faced same-day competition from race tracks in Lawton, Ada, Ardmore and Sapulpa.

“We extend our apologies as this decision does not come easy,” Mark Brill said on the track's Facebook page. “We want to express our gratitude and appreciation for all of your support during our ownership and operation.”

Brill said the track is for sale or lease.

OBU LOOKING FOR FOOTBALL ALUMS

Oklahoma Baptist is looking for players, managers, cheerleaders and others who were connected to the 1940 football team. The school wants to recognize those people on Aug. 31, when the Bison plays its first football game in 73 years. Anyone who participated or knows of someone associated with the 1940 season can contact assistant athletic director Brian Morris at (405) 585-5411 or at brian.morris@okbu.edu.