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SE3.5

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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2009 8:33:18 AM

I went to Langhorne Speedway in 1955 and watched the newly introduced Chrysler 300 beat the fabulous Hudson Hornet. IT was the end of an era or the beginning of an era--both I guess.

My father had to explain to me why one of the Chryslers had "Mercury" painted on it.
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tac109698
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2016 11:23:57 AM

Dover Downs International Speedway which is now Dover International Speedway.
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windrider17
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2016 8:45:11 AM

went to Daytona 500 in 1988 attended speed week and got to go onto pit row and meet the drivers but saw the 400 before the Daytona 500. first year of the restrictor plates
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Trswrench
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2016 1:10:21 AM

1999 The Winston All Star Race. Bought a ticket off a scalper for 11 bucks as the green flag waved. Awsome race as lap 11 took 45 minutes due to wrecks.
Sat up near the top in turn 3. those seats no longer exist.
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kevinkari
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2016 12:11:05 PM

Daytona 500
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Hornetsp
Champion Author Indianapolis

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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2015 3:02:41 PM

Indianapolis 500, sometime in the early '80's
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NoviV8
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2015 10:47:12 PM

Mid 1940's Yellow Jacket Speedway in the city of Philadelphia.
A small fast track for Midgets. The height of the Midget era.
My father and his brothers took me there often.
The racing was great and the price was cheap.
Not sure but racing might have been weekly.
long gone but remembered well by us old timers.
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turtleoats
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2015 7:36:05 AM

OMG. That was the first race I ever entered.
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turtleoats
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2015 8:02:07 AM

Early 1940's Junior Chamber of Commerce "bug race" (later became affiliated with "Soap Box Derby") in Salt Lake City.
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66ImpalaSS327
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2015 9:13:15 PM

Indy 1962.
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kev42791
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Message Posted: Jun 10, 2015 9:51:44 PM

Pocono
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Trucky3212
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Nationwide, Gateway, Illinois.
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DewMan45
Sophomore Author Jacksonville

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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 11:02:56 AM

First Nascar race Charlotte in the late 80's
Daytona 2001 (Sad Day), 10 (Pot Hole), 12 (4hr rain delay) last year.
Rolex 24 @ Daytona 1998-2012 & 14.
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Bad_Petroleum
Champion Author Miami

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Message Posted: Jun 7, 2014 8:25:16 AM

Homestead's Nascar..Go there every year. The ONLY race I go to once a year.
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miatabill
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Message Posted: Jun 5, 2014 4:18:25 PM

Fist race was on a local dirt bullring in the 50's. Safety equipment was a 'sort of' roll bar and the drivers, for the most part, wore football helmets. First 'real' race was Indy 500 in late 50's. Drove my '47 Chevy over from college in Carbondale, IL with a couple of buddies and slept in the car.
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WES03
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Message Posted: Jun 1, 2014 8:37:34 PM

Dover - June 5, 1994. A 500 mile race then won by Rusty Wallace.
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moelmsch
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Message Posted: May 25, 2014 4:10:00 PM

California 500 in Ontario in 1973.
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Dennis783
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Message Posted: May 25, 2014 8:30:04 AM

First local race, Rockford Speedway (IL) in 60s
Fist big-time race, USAC stockcars on the Milwaukee Mile in 60s
Fist Nascar race, Rockingham in 91
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: May 16, 2014 5:28:56 PM

"I am not 100% sure on the year but it was probably about 1977 at Ontario Speedway in California."

Wow, I have been a fan for almost 60 years, and I never heard of Ontario Speedway.
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LonghornBubba
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Message Posted: May 3, 2014 10:29:54 AM

Talladega 1991
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morepwr
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2014 1:16:14 PM

I am not 100% sure on the year but it was probably about 1977 at Ontario Speedway in California.
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Keselowski_2_fan
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2014 9:40:13 PM

Vegas 2005, every year since.

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clww
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2014 8:11:18 PM

The Virginia 500 at Martinsville Speedway in 1981.
Morgan Shepherd won the race in the #5 Pontiac owned by Cliff Stewart.
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14smoke
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2014 8:22:26 AM

Talladega, 2001.
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Cap0007
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2014 5:53:53 PM

NHRA English town 2001
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WES03
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2014 5:24:24 PM

Dover 1994. Been to the last 11 Daytona 500s.
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citizen1
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2013 12:09:13 PM

summer cup race at New Hampshire.
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budman1035
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2013 11:19:39 AM

Talladega - 1976
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jasonokara7766
Rookie Author Washington

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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2013 9:29:01 AM

In 2005, I went to Kentucky Speedway for a then code name: B@sch Series race, when Carl Edwards dominated the race, and won over martin truex jr.
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tac109698
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 3:35:27 PM

Dover in the 80s
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nascar7
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2013 7:21:15 PM

daytona 1968--- daytona 1971
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frankbank
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2013 5:21:34 AM

Dover is the only race I have attended.
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PureFun
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2013 8:33:14 PM

Daytona 500 in 97, then went to at least one a year for 8 years and started skipping, my list of BEEN TO:

Daytona 500 x2, 97 & 10 - took parents and got front row 80 yards from the start finish, mom was hooked, yea the year of the pot hole in turn 2

Phoenix x3

Fontana - JR ran 3rd on what would have been his dads birthday

first KC
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hockey_24
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2013 9:30:26 AM

bristol ...yeah
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DNRSVP
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2013 8:39:31 AM

New England Dragway Funny Car Nationals 1982. First circle track, Pocono 500 CART, 1985 or 1986. Best track Dover, DE

[Edited by: DNRSVP at 8/5/2013 8:41:38 AM EST]
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Nikki0528
Sophomore Author Indianapolis

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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2011 5:54:47 PM

My first major race that I have gone to was the US Nationals. (Can't remember the year...probably about 20 years ago)
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wilbur_gas
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2011 2:47:31 AM

Drag Strip Atco, NJ.
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StArrow68
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2011 7:39:57 PM

I would guess it was Riverside NASCAR race in 1969, went for a couple
years. Shot slides with a Minolta SRT 102 (?) I think, still around
some place.
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stephen2155
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2011 2:35:38 PM

Talledega in 1986
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nate31379
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2011 8:53:10 PM

Texas Motor Speedway in I think 1997
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moelmsch
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2011 12:44:16 PM

Long Beach Grand Prix 1977
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wa2joc
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2011 9:43:35 AM

Brickyard 400 ten years ago
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stephen2155
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2011 8:07:37 PM

1986 races at Talladega.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2011 8:18:54 AM

Nuringburg
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Dodge9
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2011 11:20:49 PM

Firecracker 400 Daytona, Florida 1965
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kmcd8
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2011 9:09:22 PM

The only race I've been to was Chicago and it was amazing cuz my guy Stweart won!
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limmodriver
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2011 9:43:34 PM

The Jennerstown Speedway in Jennerstown, PA.
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gasandgoAL
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2011 7:55:16 AM

started going 40 years ago at Mobile International Speedway. first Nascar was Talledga
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Daverz
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2011 12:12:35 PM

I grew up watching many of the local races in Phoenix, Az. My first big time race was the inaugural Indy Car race at PIR in Portland, OR. I had great seats for the pre-race festivities and the start of the race. After that, it was very disappointing---simply blurs passing by until the end of the race. :(
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Leglinger
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2011 6:34:57 PM

Local dirt track in Ohio.
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BigEd58
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2011 11:41:11 AM

My first race was Rockingham Motor Speedway in Rockingham, N.C. 1965. Ned Jarrett won the race.
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luvmyburgi
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2010 6:48:05 PM

Local dirt track.
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