Benton County dirt race track reopens

BOSWELL, Ind. (WLFI) – Five years ago, the Kamp Motor Speedway in Benton County closed. On May 3, the dirt race track reopened as the Daugherty Speedway.

Owner Michael Daugherty said about 2,300 people attended the opening event, which featured stock car racing.

“It was amazing to see that many. They were lined up everywhere. The concessions were busy all night long. I mean just to see that was breathtaking to see that many people come out to support the track,” said Daugherty.

Daugherty said it was not easy getting to this point. He bought the property in November and dealt with the harsh winter, which put construction on hold.

“The track that we see now was literally trees. They were six, seven-feet tall. It looked like a desolate waste land,” Daugherty explained.

One of Daugherty’s goals is to make the track a family friendly destination like it was when it opened in the 1960s. Avery Henry first opened the track and it was known as Henry’s Speedway. Daugherty said Avery’s son Roy does the announcements for the races.

“Everybody would always talk about the way he would announce and the excitement. I got to hear it for the first time Saturday night and it was amazing,” said Daugherty.

West Point racer Brent Gregory said he is happy that the track reopened because he had to travel at least an hour and a half to drive in a race.

“I was ready to be back home. Come back to where family can come see you. You have to support your local tracks,” said Gregory.

Daugherty said he eventually wants to add a concert venue to the track and continue to fix up the facility.

“This is the first track I’ve ever raced on, so it’s very important to me,” said Daugherty.

Racing events at the Daugherty Speedway take place every Saturday through October.

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