Michigan State Fairgrounds Speedway

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Michigan State Fairgrounds Speedway
Drome
LocationMichigan State Fair
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates42°26′33″N 83°06′40″W / 42.44250°N 83.11111°W / 42.44250; -83.11111Coordinates: 42°26′33″N 83°06′40″W / 42.44250°N 83.11111°W / 42.44250; -83.11111
Opened1899
Major eventsAAA/USAC Indy Car
Detroit 100 (1949–1953, 1957)
NASCAR Grand National
Motor City 250 (1951–1952)
Oval
SurfaceDirt
Length1.6 km (1 mi)

The Michigan State Fairgrounds Speedway was a dirt oval racing track located in Detroit, Michigan. The track was built in 1899,[1] as part of the ground purchased to provide a permanent venue for the Michigan State Fair. Joseph Lowthian Hudson donated the ground, at 8 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue to the Michigan State Agricultural Society.[2] By 1908, the racetrack, at the east end of the fairground, had a 5,000 seat capacity grandstand. In addition to auto racing, the track also hosted harness racing.[3] The grandstand was declared unsafe in 1971 and demolished in 2001.[3]

Race winners[edit]

AAA/USAC Champ Car race winners[edit]

Season Date Winning Driver Chassis Engine
1949 September 11 Tony Bettenhausen Kurtis Offenhauser
1950 September 10 Henry Banks Moore Offenhauser
1951 September 9 Paul Russo Paul Russo/Nichels Offenhauser
1952 August 30 Bill Vukovich Kuzma Offenhauser
1953 July 4 Rodger Ward Kurtis Offenhauser
1957 September 11 Jimmy Bryan Kuzma Offenhauser

NASCAR Grand National race winners[edit]

Season Date Winning Driver Chassis
1951 August 12 Tommy Thompson 1951 Chrysler
1952 August 12 Tim Flock 1951 Hudson

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reed, Terry (2005). Indy: The Race And Ritual Of The Indianapolis 500 (Second ed.). Dulles, Virginia: Potomac Books. p. 4. ISBN 1-57488-907-9.
  2. ^ Minnis, John; Beaver, Lauren (2010). Michigan State Fair. Images of America. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-7385-7789-0.
  3. ^ a b Minnis, John; Beaver, Lauren (2010). Michigan State Fair. Images of America. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing. p. 28. ISBN 978-0-7385-7789-0.