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    Raleigh Speedway

    NASCAR's other superspeedway, the one mile paved paper-clip Raleigh Speedway opened for racing action in the spring of 1953 and ran Grand National and Convertible events until 1958. Raleigh had become the July 4th event for the '56-'58 seasons, but (surprise) lost its holiday date in 1959..........the same season that Daytona Int'l Speedway opened. In addition to the Grand Nationals, modified, sportsman, and even Indy cars graced the capitol-city speedway before time marched on. The speedway's site has undergone tremendous developement and re-development over the last 50 plus years, and nothing remains of the former speedway. The track is visible, just under the GW-147 tag, in this b/w 1959 aerial. The current photo shows the former speedway's general neighborhood, and approxiates is location.

    Raleigh Speedway

    NASCAR Grand National Division

    5/53..............Fonty Flock
    5/54..............Herb Thomas
    8/55..............Herb Thomas
    9/55..............Fireball Roberts
    7/56..............Fireball Roberts (July 4th)
    7/57..............Paul Goldsmith (July 4th)
    7/58..............Fireball Roberts (July 4th)


    NASCAR Convertible Division

    5/56..............Frank Mundy
    8/56..............Curtis Turner
    8/57..............Bill Amick***


    ***www.racing-reference.info
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    Re: Raleigh Speedway

    Photo of Raleigh Speedway, courtesy of Jack Smith #47
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    Re: Raleigh Speedway

    my dad raced there

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    Re: Raleigh Speedway

    So, proof that NA$CAR has always been greedy.

    I might be a little cynical here, but doesn't this just foreshadow what we saw later on, with North Wilkesboro and (for a while at least) Rockingham?

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    Re: Raleigh Speedway

    Quote Originally Posted by BigO View Post
    So, proof that NA$CAR has always been greedy.

    I might be a little cynical here, but doesn't this just foreshadow what we saw later on, with North Wilkesboro and (for a while at least) Rockingham?
    CA$HCAR has always took the money over loyalty, the more things change the more they stay the same.

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    Re: Raleigh Speedway

    Your close there Double Z You ploted it on the wrong side of the railroad tracks. I saw a good areial on another site and is the road for reference. I will see if I can find the one that shows the 1/4 and the mile.

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    Re: Raleigh Speedway

    Found it!!!



    Also here is a gret page about the track history



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