Freestone racetrack impacts Mexia economy

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The first turn of the Freestone County Raceway, near Wortham, is choked with 40 riders coming off the gate to a turn 30 feet wide in a recent event . Contributed photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

A Freestone County family built a racetrack near Wortham in 2000 and has been seeing the fulfillment of the classic saying “If you build it, they will come.”

Tony Miller is the current owner of Miller Ranch, where the racetrack is located, and he and Tom Shields, who manages and promotes Freestone County Raceway, visited the Rotary Club of Mexia recently. Shields spoke about the type of events they have at the raceway and the financial impact of the facility, especially on Mexia, Fairfield and Corsicana, the three cities closest to Wortham.

Freestone County Raceway is just a few miles east of Wortham not far off FM 27. When the raceway holds events, thousands of MX fans converge on the facility. Yet people who live in the area are often unaware of the crowd, since the raceway is relatively far out in the country. Additionally, the promoters don’t advertise locally but depend on word of mouth and Internet postings to announce their events.

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