Jan. 11—The days of Outlaw Motor Speedway offering track racing in the area have apparently ended.
Ryan Lowe, who announced in August last year that he and his wife Jodi had entered into a lease-to-own agreement, effective January, with owners Gary and Teresa Clay of the track south of Muskogee, announced in a Facebook video on the Outlaw Motor Speedway page Monday night that the deal wasn’t going to go through.
“I was informed that he had a contract with our local real estate agent and that our lease would not take place until that contract was fulfilled, I believe at the end of January,” he said in the video. , adding that “(Gary) said that if someone came and offered full price, he would probably sell it. When we met (last) Wednesday, he said he sold it at ( a) out-of-state team that did not envision this being a racing venue again.”
Lowe did not identify the buyer. According to Lowe, Clay said his decision was financial for family reasons.
Clay could not be reached for comment. Lowe approached him last year when it became apparent that Clay would not be operating the facility in 2022. Lowe took over and organized the Octoberfest event.
The Clays had bought the dirt race track off US 69 out of Wainwright and restarted racing in 2020. They were the original owners when the track was built in 2003 and sold it to Danny Womack in 2008. The track was closed under the then owner. John Fiore in 2016.
The transaction leaves Thunderbird Speedway, which ran a promotions-only schedule in 2021, as the region’s sole racing facility.