News & Events
Posted on Aug 8, 2014
3rd Annual Coal River East Poker Run to Stop at UBB Miners Memorial
WHITESVILLE W.Va.- The 3rd Annual Coal River East Poker Run will be held on Saturday, August 9th. Registration begins at 9 AM in the Marmet, WV Kroger's parking lot. The riders will travel from Marmet to Hico, WV and then back to Beckley, WV where they will make a stop at the Harper Road Hooter's location. The riders will then make their way to the Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial in Whitesville, WV. Refreshments, prizes and two tickets to the August 16th Antiques Roadshow event in Charleston will be given away at the Memorial stop. The riders will then depart from Whitesville and finish the ride in nearby Sylvester, WV at the annual Sylvester Homecoming Celebration.
The entry fee is $15 per rider or $20 per couple. Each rider will receive a free commemorative t-shirt and proceeds will be donated to David Morgan, a local resident who is suffering from a long illness. Each rider is eligible for prize drawings and a 50/50 raffle will be held. Riders can pre-register by contacting Herbie Brooks at (304) 854-0417 or (304) 854-0470.
Posted on Jul 30, 2014
4th Annual 29 Miners Memorial Race Set For Saturday, August 2nd.
PRINCETON, W.Va.- The 4th Annual UBB 29 Miners Memorial Race sponsored by Little General Stores and Bill Cole Automall is set for this Saturday, August 2nd. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial in memory of the 29 miners killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine in Raleigh County on April 5th, 2010. The Speedway has donated nearly $10,000 to the memorial in Whitesville since the annual race began in 2011. The money raised is earmarked for future maintenance and upkeep of the memorial.
The number 29 is featured prominently in Saturday night's events in honor of the UBB Miners. The feature UBB Race is scheduled for 29 laps with a grand prize purse of $2,900. The fastest qualifier wins $229 from race promoters, Keith Bowling and Robbie Cyrus. The 29th fastest qualifier takes home $29 from Ohio Valley Dirt Track Racing. Winner of the Fast 6 Dash For The Cash, sponsored by Bluefield Machine Company, takes home $290.
The Street Stock Class winner will take home $500 and the race is sponsored by KB Kids Daycare.
Race time is set for 7 PM and gates open at 5 PM. Tickets are available at the gate on Saturday. General Admission tickets are $15 and tickets to the pits are $30. Kids 11 and under are free- Grandstand only. For more information on the race check out PrincetonSpeedway.net.
The Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial opened in Whitesville, WV in the summer of 2012. The memorial honors the memory of the 29 miners killed in the explosion. It also serves to educate the public of West Virginia's coal heritage and pays homage to all coal miners who have suffered injury, illness or death as a result of working in the coal industry. For more information on the memorial please visit ubbminersmemorial.com.
Posted on Jul 24, 2014
4th Annual UBB 29 Miners Memorial Race Qualifier Set for Saturday, July 26th.
PRINCETON, W.Va. – Qualifying races for next month’s 4th Annual UBB 29 Miners Memorial Race Presented by Little General Stores and Bill Cole Automall will be held at the Princeton Speedway this Saturday, July 26th. Official start time at the track is set for 7 pm. Gates open at 5 pm.
The top two Crate Late Model finishers will qualify for the 4th Annual UBB 29 Miners Memorial Race on August 2nd. Saturday night’s winner takes home a $1,000 purse. A $200 prize to the fastest qualifier is also up for grabs.
For the fourth straight year, proceeds from the race will be donated to the Upper Big Branch Mining Memorial Group, Inc. for the UBB Miners Memorial in Whitesville, WV.
General admission grandstand tickets are $12. Tickets for the pit area are $25. For more information on Saturday’s qualifying race and the UBB 29 Miners Memorial Race set for August 2nd, go to PrincetonSpeedway.com or like us on Facebook.
Posted on Apr 3, 2014
In Observance of the Fourth Anniversary of the UBB Disaster
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WHITESVILLE, W.Va.- In observance of the fourth anniversary of the Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster, the Upper Big Branch Mining Memorial Group will lay wreaths at the Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial in Whitesville on Saturday, April 5th, 2014. The wreaths will be in place from dawn to dusk.
The public is encouraged to visit the memorial on Saturday to pay respect and honor the lives of those lost. There is no set service scheduled so that family, friends and the public can visit at their own convenience during the day.
The Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial is located along WV RT 3 in Whitesville, WV. It was dedicated in July of 2012 and is open year-round. For more information on the memorial and the events planned for Saturday, go to www.ubbminersmemorial.com.
Posted on Mar 30, 2014
Memorial Group Commemorates Fourth Anniversary of the UBB Disaster
WHITESVILLE, W Va.- Saturday, April 5th, 2014, is the fourth anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine Disaster. On April 5th, 2010, an explosion at Performance Coal Company's Upper Big Branch Coal Mine killed twenty-nine miners and injured two near Montcoal, WV. It was the worst mining accident in the United States since 1970. Performance Coal was a subsidiary of Massey Energy. An independent investigation later found Massey Energy responsible for the disaster. The mine was permanently closed and sealed in April of 2012 by the mine's new owners, Alpha Natural Resources.
Wreaths will be laid at the Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial in Whitesville, WV on Saturday to mark the fourth anniversary and to commemorate the miners killed and injured in the blast. While no formal ceremony is planned, the public is urged to visit the memorial that day to pay their respects and remember the lives lost. The wreaths will be in place on the memorial plaza from dawn until dusk.
More information on the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine Disaster and UBB Miners Memorial can be found at http://www.ubbminersmemorial.com.
Ceremony for the 3rd Anniversary of the Disaster on April 5th, 2013.
by Mike Gwinn
In remembrance of the third anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine Disaster and the lives lost there, a wreath will be placed at the UBB Miner’s Monument early Friday morning, April 5th, 2013. Instead of a public ceremony this year, the Upper Big Branch Mining Memorial Group encourages family, friends and the community to visit the Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial to remember and reflect in your own way and at your own time.