Hot Rod Hill

By: Amanda Humes
By: Amanda Humes

Fans and racers are upset after a jury decides to shut down Hot Rod Hill. So what's next for the track's owners and the kids who called it home?

Despite losing a court battle with his neighbor, Hot Rod Hill owner Wayne Brown isn't ready to throw in the towel.

"I sold everything I owned to do this," said Brown.

Brown spent 2 years building the dirt race car track. He says his desire was to share the camaraderie of racing with the community and be a positive influence to young racers.

"I teach them pride in who they are and I teach them that the friendships they make in this will last," said Brown.

14 year old racer, Dale Hunter, known as Little Dale Earnhart, dreams of becoming a professional race car driver. He says Brown taught him a lot about having character on and off the track.

"It's changed my life in many ways I've learned many things about respect and honesty and helping other people out," said Hunter.

Hunter says his family not only condoned his time at Hot Rod Hill, they encouraged it.

"Saturday nights my parents won't have to worry about where I am or what I'm doing. They know I'm here and in good hands," said Hunter.

Brown says it's been hard dealing with the legal woes of his track. Some neighbors complained the track was too noisy while others said it didn't bother them. Brown plans to appeal the ruling which forced the track closed. But regardless of what happens in the courtroom, he says he'll always remain grateful for the support from the people who love his track.

"I have the ability to influence young people to make something of themselves and that's special. That's something that even if they close my track, they can never take that away from me," said Brown.


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