The proposed Twin Branch Motorsports Complex on the border of Logan and Mingo Counties was moved closer to reality at the meeting of the Sept. 9 Logan County Commission (LCC).
County Administrator Rocky Adkins was asked by LCC President Danny Godby to address the project. Adkins explained, “It’s a project that has been worked on now for a few years. At one time it was going to be an oval track. Through the mining process and another initiative by Consol Energy to go in and do some mining, the direction was changed to a drag strip. Mingo County and Logan County have decided to do this as a joint venture. Because it’s proximity to Logan County, we might very well see the most advantage…as far as economic development.”
Adkins also detailed that Consol Energy has already spent money on the project by preparing the land for the drag strip, and the tarmac for the drag strips is set to be poured in the short term at no cost to either county. The LCC approved a memorandum of understanding for spending on the drag strip with the Mingo County Commission that totaled $500,000. Logan County contributed $200,000 and Mingo County contributed $300,000.
West Virginia State Senator Art Kirkendoll (D – 07) was present at the meeting and has been a integral part of developing the drag strip project. Kirkendoll addressed the commission saying, “The reason I want to continue the project is we have the number one ATV trail system in America, and when you expose what you’re doing and you add on your brochure that you have a race Friday night, I anticipate bringing two or three thousand people to a race on Friday night that we will have to build another hotel or motel here in Logan. This is going to be IHRA, International Hot Rod Association, and then we’ll have local races. Hopefully we can get some economic development in Mingo, but it will benefit Logan right now. Everything they said couldn’t happen down here,…it’s starting to happen. It was a total team effort from both commissions, myself, the Governor’s office and Senator Stollings. Hopefully they will be peeling the tires by this time next year. It’s going to happen.”
The next meeting of the LCC will be Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. at the Logan County Courthouse.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]