It could be the end of the road for the Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois. Saturday’s “5-Hour Energy 250” is the final major race scheduled at the track.
Three months ago the owners of the track, Dover Motorsports, put it up for sale and said they wouldn’t seek any races next year.
The track has been losing money for the current owners for more than a decade, so finding new ownership will be a challenge.
City leaders say the raceway generates about $150,000 a year for the city, and that won’t be easy to replace.
Some fans approached by News Four at the raceway said they feared this day might come. One man said the last three or four races he's been to he's seen attendence decline.
A woman attending her first race here said she came because she was able to get tickets for $5 each. She says tickets aren't normally that cheap and believes the economy the past couple of years has played a big role in people staying away from the track.
Everyone we talked to expressed hope, if not optimism, that some ownership group will come forward and buy the track and bring NASCAR back here in the next couple of years.