When NHRA revealed its plans to place Atlanta Dragway up for sale, sanctioning body officials said it would be done so with encouragement to keep the property operational as a drag strip. Those intentions apparently went out the window with the initial listing of the property for sale suitable for redevelopment.

An article in Wednesday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( drove the issue home, providing less encouragement Atlanta Dragway will be around for the long haul.

Apparently, the construction of a multibillion-dollar battery factory in North Georgia has some believing developers will quickly purchase the land. The article confirmed South Korea-based SK Innovation is in the plant’s construction phase to make electric car batteries. The 318-acre Atlanta Dragway is expected to become property for a supplier to the battery plant and other uses related to the projects.

“Our vision is to have a high technology manufacturing supercluster, along with mixed-use housing and commercial developments and sports complexes,” Charles Turk, chairman of the Banks County Commission, told “The racetrack is located in Banks County."

NHRA has confirmed proceeds of the sale will go toward updating its other venues.