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    History Of Connecticut Racetracks

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    History Of Connecticut Racetracks

    Post by Admin on Wed Sep 03, 2008 7:56 pm



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    Bradford Park – New Haven – 1/2 mile dirt oval (7/25/1899 – c.7/25/1900)

    Bridgeport Speedway – Bridgeport / (aka: Candlelite Stadium)
    1/5 mile paved oval (6/30/1947 - 1954) / possibly ran in 1955
    1/10 mile dirt oval (06/03/1951) < TQ midgets
    located on Eagle St. (SR 1-A) near River Street
    sold in February, 1955 for a Drive-In Theatre

    Bristol Fairgrounds – Bristol – 1/2 mile dirt oval (1933 – 10/21/1934)

    Bulkeley Stadium – Hartford – 1/5 mile dirt oval (c. 1936)

    Charter Oak Park – Hartford – One mile dirt oval (6/16/1905 - 1920)

    Cherry Park Speedway – Avon / built as a horse track in 1882
    1/2 mile dirt oval (1933 – 6/16/1935) (5/30/1939 – 7/23/1939)
    1/5 mile dirt oval (7/28/1946) / located on SR 177 / torn down in 1959
    1/5 mile paved oval (8/11/1946 - 1951) (1954) / now a housing development

    Conetia Park Race Track – see: New Milford Fairgrounds

    Connecticut Dragway – Colchester / (aka: Connecticut Int’l Raceway)
    1/4 mile paved dragstrip (c.1961 – c.1986)

    Connecticut Speedway – Derby / (aka: Island Park Speedway)
    3/4 mile dirt oval (6/24/1934) (9/02/1934) (c.1937)

    Danbury Fair Racearena – Danbury / at the Danbury Fairgrouds
    1/2 mile dirt oval (10/06/1908 – 10/07/ 1939)
    The grandstands were destroyed by fire on 10/08/1922
    1/5 mile paved oval (06/01/1940 – 5/10/1942) (September, 1945 – 1947)
    1/4 mile paved oval (5/31/1947 – 9/30/1951)
    1/3 mile dirt oval (10/05/1958 – 10/12/1981)
    held boat racing in a moat outside of track in August of 1958
    home track of the Southern NY Racing Assn. (1952 – 1955) (1958 - 1981)
    (aka: Danbury Fair Race Track) / (aka: Danbury Speedway)
    (aka: Danbury Fair Speedways) / the site is now the Danbury Fair Mall

    Danbury Mill Micro-Midget Oval – Danbury
    1/20 mile oval (1960 - 1962) / ran Micro-Midgets
    The corners were paved and the straights were dirt

    Huntington Speedway – Shelton
    1/2 mile dirt oval (05/06/1934 – 6/18/1939)

    Kenosha Avenue Race Track – Danbury
    1/20 mile dirt oval (1957 – c.1959) / ran Micro-Midget races
    sanctioned by the Danbury Micro-Midget Racing Assn.

    Legion Speedway – Meriden – dirt oval (years unknown)

    New Haven Arena – New Haven
    1/10 mile indoor wood oval (1936 – 3/24/1937)

    New Haven Velodrome – New Haven – dirt oval (c.1940 – c.1941)

    New Haven Veterans Coliseum – New Haven
    1/10 mile concrete indoor oval (12/11/1993 – 1994) (1997)

    New London – dirt oval (1920’s)

    Newfield Park – Bridgeport – 1/5 mile dirt oval (5/14/1935 – 9/18/1940)
    Bill Holmes was the first winner
    formerly a trotter horse track on Eagle Street

    North Haven Speedway – North Haven – North Haven / ran motorcycles
    1/4 mile cinder oval (1932 – c.1939) / maybe ran autos

    Norwich Fairgrounds – Norwich – 1/2 mile dirt oval (8/12/1934) (8/19/1934)
    located at SR 82 & Surrey St./ now the site of a housing development

    Plainville Stadium – Plainville – 1/4 mile dirt oval (4/10/1949)
    1/4 mile paved oval (4/17/1949 - 1980) / located on SR 372

    Plymouth Speedway – Plymouth – dirt oval (1965)
    (aka: Valley Park Speedway)

    Rockville Driving Park – Rockville – 1/2 mile dirt oval (late 1930’s)

    Sage Park Speedway – Windsor – 1/2 mile dirt oval (8/12/1934) (8/19/1934)
    four mile from Hartford on US 5-A / Hal French fatally injured at last race

    Silver City Speedway – Meriden / ran half-midgets a few times
    1/10 mile paved oval (1985) / now a 1/4 midget track

    Stratford – dirt oval (1958) / ran Micro-Midgets

    Suffield – 1/4 mile dirt oval (late 1940’s – early 1950’s)

    Westport – paved road course (1960’s)
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    History of Connecticut Racetracks

    Post by Woody on Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:12 pm

    There was also a speedway in West Haven at Savin Rock , I think it was called Donovan Field.
    Wild Bill Greco raced there before it closed.

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