‘Lord Willin’ And The Creek Don’t Rise’ Isom race track closed since floods set to reopen

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Published: May. 25, 2023 at 6:43 PM EDT
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ISOM, Ky. (WYMT) - Back in late July, floodwaters at the Mountain Motor Complex in Isom moved buildings and nearly destroyed the dirt race track.

Now, the track, which was initially built in 1968, is gearing up for a busy weekend of events.

“So I come back here and put on some races in Isom at the fairgrounds, some moto-cross races and it started to really grow... I said yes I will definitely help to bring this thing back to what it should be, we’re definitely going to bring it back to what it could be and what it should be,” said the track’s owner, Donnie Adams.

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Donnie Adams took control of the complex earlier this year. The Letcher County native hopes to inject some fuel back into his community by revitalizing the nearly destroyed dirt track and bringing in some new options for the community.

“The outside revenue in this little area is immense, with the coal revenue being shut down, the outside revenue is really the only way to get revenue back in this little bitty town of Isom, Kentucky, and we look forward to bringing a lot of outside people. Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio, I mean anybody who wants to come out and race,” said Adams.

Adams is inviting folks from around the area to come out this Saturday and Sunday as they officially mark the complex’s reopening.

“This weekend we have the ‘bare-knuckle cash-stakes brawl, they call that the no-prep thing, the arm drop you see on tv everywhere. We got that Saturday night right here. And then Sunday we have our first dirt track race, the ‘Lord-willin and the Creek don’t rise.’ We’re going to have a good time down here,” said Adams.

Adams hopes the track can go back to what it used to be: a place for the community to gather and cheer.

“Everybody knows about Mountain Motor, everyday I get five or six people stop by. This place means a lot, not just to me,”he said. “but to this area as well.”

For more information on this weekend’s races and events, you can visit the Mountain Motor Complex’s Facebook page.