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Speedway Park, also known as Jacksonville Speedway, was a 0.5-mile (0.80 km) dirt oval auto racing track, located in Jacksonville, Florida.[1]

Speedway Park
LocationJacksonville, Florida, U.S.
Coordinates30°18′05″N 81°44′42″W / 30.301316°N 81.745083°W / 30.301316; -81.745083
Capacity~5,000
Opened1947
Closed1973
Major eventsNone (defunct)
Dirt oval track
Length0.500 mi (0.805 km)

Opened in 1947, the track was located at the intersection of Lenox Avenue and Plymouth Street in southwest Jacksonville.[2] NASCAR Grand National Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) races were held at the track during the 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1961 and 1964 seasons.[3] The final Grand National Series race at the track was won by Wendell Scott, the only African-American to win in NASCAR's top series.[4]

In addition to auto racing, the track hosted the Duval County Exposition.[5] The NASCAR Grand American Series also competed there.[6] After a final NASCAR Grand National East Series race in 1972 won by David Pearson,[3] the track was closed in 1973; a housing development now stands at the site.[7]

Race resultsEdit

Date Series Driver Make Laps Avg. Speed
November 4, 1951 NASCAR Grand National Series Herb Thomas Hudson 200 53.412 mph (85.958 km/h)
March 3, 1952 NASCAR Grand National Series Marshall Teague Hudson 200 55.197 mph (88.831 km/h)
March 7, 1954 NASCAR Grand National Series Herb Thomas Hudson 200 56.461 mph (90.865 km/h)
February 13, 1955 NASCAR Grand National Series Lee Petty Chrysler 200 69.031 mph (111.095 km/h)
November 20, 1960 NASCAR Grand National Series Lee Petty Plymouth 200 64.400 mph (103.642 km/h)
December 1, 1963 NASCAR Grand National Series Wendell Scott Chevrolet 202 58.252 mph (93.748 km/h)
March 14, 1972 NASCAR Grand National East Series David Pearson Chevrolet 202 54.758 mph (88.124 km/h)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Auto Race Tracks". The Billboard, April 13, 1957, page 81.
  2. ^ Coble, Don. "Yarbrough lived and raced fast, fell even faster". June 27, 2011. Brainerd, MN: Brainerd Dispatch. Accessed 2014-05-01.
  3. ^ a b "Race Results at Speedway Park". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Accessed 2014-05-01.
  4. ^ "1963 NASCAR controversy: Racing or race?". The Florida Times-Union. Jacksonville, FL. June 27, 2010. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  5. ^ The Billboard, October 20, 1958, page 47.
  6. ^ "Lund Wins". Daytona Beach Sunday News-Journal. Daytona Beach, FL. October 4, 1970. p. 2D. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  7. ^ Allaway, Phil. "The Critic's Annex: 39-Wendell Scott: A Race Story". February 23, 2011. Frontstretch. Accessed 2014-05-01.