New free motor sports park opens in honor of local girl

New free motor sports park opens in honor of local girl
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
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(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A new motorsports park is open in Jonesboro, and it is free.

Jerry Crump with American Design Innovations decided to open American Motor Sports Park in honor of Bailey Kelems who passed away from cancer.

Kelems loved the outdoors and riding four wheelers.

"She is a girl who passed away from cancer and she loved riding four wheelers. One day I was coming by and I thought well I am going to check on it so I pulled in and leased the place and here we are," Crump said.

Crump said getting the park ready for riders has been a big chore, but it is coming along.

The park currently has a flat oval track and a motor cross track with jumps.

Crump said they are working on a mud bog drag strip as well.

The park is open to the public and is free, all they ask for is donations if people are willing.

These donations will help keep the park open and go to local charities in need.

"We don't charge anything for admission for the races or to come out and ride. We just operate on donations. We take the donations and pay for the track facilities and what is left over we give to charities.

The park will also have a concession stand in the future so families can come out and enjoy food, refreshments, riding, and entertainment.

"We don't make any money here; we are open just for the fun of it. There are a lot of families out there that can't afford to pay $15 or $20 to go out and go to a dinner or movies or the race track but here it is all free," Crump said.

Crump said he cannot thank local business owners enough for their help so far in making the sports park a reality.

He said several businesses including KTM Jonesboro Cycle and ATV, Barton Power Sports, Ridout, J.T. White, and more had donated equipment and labor so far.

Jonesboro Tractor Sales is also loaning the park a tractor each week to help maintain the track.

Crump said Modern Exterior Concepts has offered to help build the concession stand for the park.

Although Crump is extremely grateful for all the help so far, he said the park and track still needs work.

Crump said they welcome anyone willing to volunteer or donate equipment for the project.

"We just need lots of help. We need donations. We need contractors with heavy equipment," Crump said. "Anyone who has the equipment that would like to donate some time and serve out here would be deeply appreciated."

People looking to help can contact Crump at 870-243-4334 or come to the park on 1100 Highway 163 in Jonesboro.

The park is ride at your own risk and riders will sign a waiver when they come.

Crump also warns riders to bring safety gear so everyone can be safe while enjoying the park.

"We will have waivers out here to be signed. It is a dangerous sport so when you come out here wear all your safety gear. We need helmets, we need knee pads, we need arm pads, we need fire suit. Everything you have that has to do with safety bring it out and please where it. We don't want anybody getting hurt. We are here to have fun, not go to the ER," Crump said.

The first race at the park will be October 1.

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