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I-40 Motocross now part of Roane history

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By Damon Lawrence

Duracap Asphalt Paving Co. purchased I-40 Motocross in December.
Duracap is planning to build an asphalt plant at the location where the racetrack operated on Buttermilk Road.

“That’s been through the planning commission,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.  

The Roane County Planning Commission approved the company’s site plan for the asphalt plant in January.

Duracap is at 2535 Asbury Road, Knoxville.

A phone message left with the company on Friday wasn’t returned.

In addition to paving, the company does grading and drainage work, concrete curbing and seal coating, according to its website – duracapasphaltpaving.com.

Duracap bought the Roane County property for $675,000 on Dec. 16.   

“With a lump in our throats we must announce that I-40 Motocross has been sold,” a Dec. 18 post on the I-40 Motocross website said. “We would like to thank our dedicated volunteers, our loyal sponsors, and everyone who has supported I-40MX. Your hard work and enthusiasm for racing has inspired us and has contributed to the proud legacy of this great track. We are not sure of the plans of the new owners, but it is our hope that I-40 MX will re-open in 2017.”

The property is adjacent to the Crete Carrier trucking facility and is visible from Interstate 40.

“I know why an asphalt company would like to locate there,” The Roane Alliance President and CEO Wade Creswell said.

“That’s a great location as far as logistics go, being right there on I-40 and close to I-75.”

Creswell said The Alliance didn’t recruit Duracap Asphalt, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be pulling for the company if it moves forward with its plans for the asphalt plant.

“Hopefully they’ll be successful,” he said.

No work had been done at the site as of last week. The I-40 Motocross sign was still on the property along with the dirt track and lights.  

Planning Commission Member Terry Futrell abstained from the vote when Duracap’s site plan for the asphalt plant was approved at the January meeting.

According to the minutes from the Planning Commission’s November meeting, he had concerns about the asphalt plant.

“Terry Futrell expressed concerns on noise, dust, air pollution, and flammable gases that could be damaging to the surrounding homeowners,” the minutes said.

“Cody Smith and associate explained they would have regulations they have to meet that would take care of those concerns.”