Kanawha Speedway

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What do Gov. Wise and NASCAR driver Kyle Petty have in common?
Well, they both obviously love sporty cars.

Wise drives a 1965 Corvair convertible, while Petty drives a Dodge race car with the number 43 on the side.

They also both support the introduction of motorsports to West Virginia.
Petty was in Charleston today to discuss a proposed $20 million West Virginia Motorsports project for Quincy.

Thirteen million dollars in private funds have been raised, and Kanawha County is requesting the other $7 million from the West Virginia Economic Development Grant Committee.

The half-mile track, to be called West Virginia Motorsports Park, would have up to 15,000 seats.

The track is one of three being proposed for West Virginia.

State Senator Herb Snyder has proposed building a Berkeley County speedway near Inwood, and a team of developers wants to build another track in Flatwoods, in Braxton County.

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart plans to discuss motorsports with Wise Thursday.