11/06/14 148 W, 3 I - + 17 - 8 UPDATED - Remembering the Raleigh Speedway

November 5, 2014
Found a couple aerial photographs of the old speedway, via this blog posting from Mark Turner. Top is a picture of a picture from 1960. Bottom is from 1965, from  courtesy of the North Carolina Geological Survey. Click to slightly enlarge:

June 5, 2011
Today's News & Observer features a nifty retrospective by researcher Teresa Leonard (read her Past Times blog) about the Southland Speedway, renamed the Raleigh Speedway in 1953 when it hosted its first NASCAR race. Alas, the track closed five years later. Reasons included a city-county ban on Sunday racing and neighbors grumbling about the noise. We've blogged about the race track before, about a double-fatalty crash in 1953. And here's an old map excerpt showing the track location. Read today's article, which includes this splendid photo of the track in action. Click to slightly enlarge:

News & Observer photo

And here’s a really neat web page, with more information and map showing the old location superimposed over the current landscape: http://www.uthd.com/raleigh-speedway.htm..
Legeros - 06/05/11 - 13:11

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