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MARYLAND RACE TRACKS OF THE PAST

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75-80 Dragway - Monrovia, MD
(aka:75-80 Drag-A-Way)
1/4-mile paved dragstrip (1960 - Present)
The drapstrip was located next to Monrovia Speedway
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Andrews Air Force Base - Camp Springs, MD

 

4.25-mile paved road course on runways (5/2/1954)

 

The road course was located east of Washington D.C.

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Aquasco Speedway - Aquasco, MD

 

1/4-mile concrete dragstrip (1957 - 1972)

oval (Late 1950's or early 1960's)

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B & J Speedway - Salisbury, MD

 

1/4-mile dirt oval (1950)

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Baltimore Coliseum - Baltimore, MD

 

Dirt oval (1900)

 

The oval track was located on Harford Ave. and ran motorcycles.

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Baltimore Memorial Stadium - Baltimore, MD

 

1/4-mile dirt oval (9/20/1939 & 9/28/1939)

 

The track was located at 33rd and Ellerslie

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Baltimore-Washington Speedway - Laurel, MD

 

1.125-mile wood oval (7/11/1925 - 9/25/1926)

 

The track featured turns that were banked at 48 degrees and was built by

Jack Price in early 1925.

 

The site is now the property of the Laurel Pines Country Club.

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Bel Air - MD

 

1/2-mile dirt oval (10/14/1933)

 

John Gerber retired after this race

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Beltsville Speedway - Beltsville, MD

(aka: Baltimore-Washington Speedway)

 

1/2-mile paved oval (7/21/65 - 1979)

 

The speedway was first called Beltsville in 1966 and was built by Tom Lillis with Wanye Kindness the promoter in the 70's.

 

Track had a 20' high wall built around it most of the track because neighbors complained about noise. Levitt companies built Montpelier, a subdivision just to the north of the speedway. The noise levels were quite high, even with the sound wall.

 

Beltville Speedway is the site of what is now known as Capital College

and part of the original oval is still present and used as a parking lot.

 

Most racing was noted to have stopped at Beltsville before the 1979 date listed.

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Braddock Heights - MD

 

1/4-mile dirt oval (1953 - 1957)

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Cambridge - MD

 

1/2-mile dirt oval (1929 - early 1930's)

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Choptank Speedway - Choptank, MD

 

1/10-mile dirt oval (1956 - 1960)

 

Choptank featured micros.

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Clear Spring - MD

 

1/2-mile dirt oval (1949)

 

This speedway may possibly be Hagerstown Speedway.

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Condon Speedway - Sykesville

 

1/3-mile dirt oval (7/23/1954 - 1960)

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Croom - MD

 

Dirt oval (1958)

 

Track ran motorcycles only.

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Cumberland Airport - Cumberland, MD

(aka: Maryland Municipal Airport)

 

1.6-mile paved road course on runways (5/20/1952 - 1971)

 

Cumberland was first used in May 1952 and was still used in the mid-60s.

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Dara Speedway - Greensboro, MD

 

Dirt oval (1970 - 1971)

 

Located behind a general store at the junction of MD SR 314 and DE SR 12 near Whiteleysburg, DE

 

Mico-midgets were run.

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Deep Creek Lake Speedway - McHenry, MD

 

3/8-mile dirt oval (1952-1955)

 

The site is now a horse arena.

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Dorsey Speedway - Dorsey, MD

 

1/5-mile dirt oval (1950)

 

Only one race was run on this track built by Jack Coburn,

Dave Wawse and Ken Whitaker.

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Dorsey Speedway - Dorsey, MD

 

1/5-mile dirt oval (9/3/1951 - 9/21/1962)

1.0-mile oiled dirt road course (1958 & 1959)

1/4-mile dirt oval (5/24/1963 - 1985)

1/4-mile dirt figure 8 course (1965)

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Electric Park - Baltimore, MD

 

1/2-mile dirt oval (11/22/1900 - 8/12/1911)

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Frederick - Frederick, MD

 

Paved city road course (1972)

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Frederick Airport - Frederick, MD

 

1/4-mile paved dragstrip (1956 - 1957)

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Frederick Fairgrounds - Frederick, MD

 

1/2-mile dirt oval (1910's - 1922, 5/30/1938 - 5/21/1939, 7/5/1948 - 1957 and 1975 - 1977)

 

The last auto race was run at the fairgrounds was in 1977.

 

The fairgrounds still runs an annual motorcycle race though.

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Gentleman's Driving Park - Baltimore, MD

 

Dirt oval (1916)

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Hagerstown Fairgrounds - Hagerstown, MD

 

1/2-mile dirt oval (1920's)

 

Located on the east side of town now the site of Fairgrounds Park (industrial park)

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Hagerstown Municipal Airport - Hagerstown, MD

(aka: Fairchild Road Race Course)

 

2.4-mile paved road course on runways (10/9/1955 & 10/16/1955)

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Hampstead - MD

 

1/4-mile dirt oval (2002)

 

One Enduro race was run.

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Lanham Speedway - Lanham, MD

(aka: West Lanham Speedway)

 

1/5-mile high banked paved oval (6/24/1941 - 5/15/1942 and 1945 - 1954)

 

Johnny Roberts, a NASCAR modified champion started his career at Lanham in 1950.

 

The site was sold for the New Carrollton housing development.

 

West Lanham was between Maryland and the D.C. and might have been a 1/4-mile high banked track originally designed for midgets.

 

Many famous racers such as Wally Campbell and Lee Petty had raced at the track.

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Laurel - MD

 

1/5-mile dirt oval (8/13/1939)

1-mile dirt oval (early 1900's)

1.125-mile wood oval (7/11/25 - 9/25/26)

 

The 1-mile dirt oval track was located at the SE corner of Whiskey Bottom Road and Rock Bridge Road.

 

The 1.125-mile wood oval track was built by Jack Prince and featured

48 degree banked turns.

 

Bob McDonough was awarded the first win on the 1.123-mile wood oval,

but after rechecking the scoring charts, it was later revealed that Peter DePaolo had won instead and Peter DePaolo set the fastest lap driving his Duesenberg on July 11,1925, with a lap of 131.500 mph.

 

Only two Championship races were ever run at the Laurel 1.125-mile wood oval with Peter DePaolo and Bob McDonough, who won the second event. There were six  non-championship races also held in 1926 with Tom Reed, Jimmy Gleason (4) and  Miles Gray winning those events.

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Laurel Horse Track - Laurel, MD

 

1-mile dirt oval (6/28/1912 and 6/29/1912)

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Laureldale - MD

 

1/2-mile dirt oval (1934 - 1935)

 

The track was located near Parkville.

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Legion Speedway - Pocomoke City, MD

 

Dirt oval (May 1950)

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Marlboro Motor Raceway - Upper Marlboro, MD

 

1/3-mile dirt oval (8/17/1952 - 8/23/1953)

4/10-mile dirt oval (9/13/1953 - 1953)

1/3-mile paved oval (3/24/1954 - 1969)

0.7-mile paved road course (5/22/1955)

1.6-mile paved road course (1955 - 1969)

2.4-mile paved road course (5/12/1957)

 

The site was located the junction of US 30 and SR 4.

 

The 1.6-mile road curse ran counterclockwise and was built around one of the short ovals hosting some of the early Trans-Am races.

 

It has been noted that apparently some of the pavement for the 1.6-mile track still exists, while other portions of the circuit have been built on.

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Monrovia Speedway - Monrovia, MD

 

1/8-mile dirt oval (1993 - 1994)

 

The track is located next to 75-80 Dragway and still is used as a cart track.

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Mountain Top Speedway - Braddock Heights, MD

 

1/4-mile dirt oval (9/7/1953 - 1954)

 

The track was located on Route 69.

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Ocean Downs Raceway - Ocean City, MD

 

1/2-mile dirt oval ( late 1970's)

 

The track was a horse track.

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Pikesville Speedway - Pikesville, MD

(aka: Milford Mills Speedway)

 

5/8-mile dirt oval (1927 - 1935)

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Pimlico Track - Baltimore. MD

 

1-mile dirt oval (8/11/1906, 5/30/1908, 7/4/1908 and 1930's)

 

Famous horse track where the Preakness is held.

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Piney Grove Speedway - Piney Grove, MD

 

Dirt oval (1950)

 

Motorcycles ran there.

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Pocomoke City - MD,

 

Dirt oval (1928)

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Pomonkey Speedway - Pomonkey, MD

(aka: Maryland Airport Speedway)

 

1/2-mile dirt oval (1950 - 1953)

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Prospect Park - Baltimore, MD

 

Dirt oval (8/2/1924)

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Ritchie Raceway - Brooklyn (Glen Burnie), MD

(aka: Governor Ritchie Speedway)

 

1/2-mile dirt oval (9/25/1926 and July 1937 - 9/22/1939)

 

The track was located 2 miles south of Brooklyn, MD on Governor Ritchie Highway

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Ritchie Raceway - Brooklyn (Glen Burnie), MD

(aka: Ritchie Speedway)

 

3/8-mile dirt oval (8/8/1948 - 1948 and 5/13/1953 - 1954)

 

Wally Campbell won on 8/8/1948 in a modified.

 

This track was located 2 miles south of Brooklyn, MD on Annapolis Blvd.

 

The site was sold for housing development in 1955.

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Rockville Fairgrounds - Rockville, MD

 

1/2-mile dirt oval (1927 - 1929)

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Saint Marys Speedway - Lexington Park, MD

(aka: Marine Speedway)

 

4/10-mile dirt oval (5/24/1952 - 1958)

 

The track was located at the Patuxent Navel Base.

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Salisbury - MD

1/2-mile dirt oval (1929)

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Taneytown Speedway - Taneytown, MD

(at the Taneytown Fairgrounds)

 

1/2-mile dirt oval (mid 1950's)

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Vista Raceway - Lanham, MD

 

1/2-mile dirt oval (1957 - early 1960's)

 

The raceway was located on Vista-Lottsford Road between Rte 450 and 704 and was owned and operated by the Lanham Land and Sea Club.

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Westport Stadium - Baltimore, MD

 

1/5-mile dirt oval (5/5/51 - 8/10/63)

 

The track was built around a baseball diamond and was promoted by Bill Heiserman.

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Wicomico Civic Center - Salisbury. MD

 

1/10-mile concrete indoor oval (1/11/1986)

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