Racing at the York Fairgrounds

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Racing at the York Fairgrounds

Post by hookedondirt7 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:05 pm

Is there anyone here old enough to remember if there was ever any (non-horse and non-motorcycle) racing at that track? I vaguely remember reading somewhere that Steve Smith won a sprint race there once, but I don't know for sure.

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Post by Scott Harro » Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:08 pm

found this information
during the 30's the midways became lined with freak shows and automobile racing became popular on the track
from an article at this site

http://www.yorkfair.org/history.htm
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Post by RSCAracer » Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:25 pm

I was told some of the silver spring racers of the 50's & early 60's raced during the fair. I'm sure that's where Ken Fortna from Jonestown, was badly hurt in a big accident due to the dusty condition during a day race. No sure what other races they had there over the years.

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Post by Mr. Port » Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:06 pm

Fortna was badly hurt at the Carlisle Fairgrounds and that was a l.m. race that Steve Smith won at the York Fairgrounds.

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Post by stick07pa » Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:41 pm

Mr. Port wrote:Fortna was badly hurt at the Carlisle Fairgrounds and that was a l.m. race that Steve Smith won at the York Fairgrounds.

From Tri-State Speed Press. May be a little hard to read.
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Post by LarryJ » Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:59 pm

You can go way back to 1915 to find auto racing at York Fairgrounds. I had found some photos on the Library of Congress website and sent them to the Vintage Racer.

http://www.thevintageracer.com/forum/in ... opic=298.0

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Post by RSCAracer » Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:30 pm

Thanks for correcting me on that one.....so does anyone know if the SS cars raced at Carlisle on semi-regular basis or just during fair week?

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Post by RT88 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:38 pm

That was a one and done deal. Back in the 1940s, when the fairground gained new grandstands, they had midget races on the half mile. That went on for one season. I have a 1904 advertisement for an automobile race at the Carlisle Fairground. It rained that day and it appears no race took place.

Here is a 1956 photo of the front stretch of the Carlisle Fairground

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Post by 1080 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:08 pm

I saw a mid 50's advertisement of a challenge race at the Carlisle Fairgrounds between the Silver Spring cars and the Goldmine cars during fair week. I also have a picture of Ken Hurley on the front stretch in the early or mid 50's at Carlisle. I live in Carlisle and only remember the 1962 stock car race. They did have motorcycles there once in the late 80's.
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Post by 1080 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:14 pm

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Got this from Ken Hurley's grandson....I think.

Old scrap book shot labeled Carlisle 1953....it is definitely Carlisle.
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Post by ToJoBecEm » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:40 pm

Not sure exactly when but my uncle either did or was set to run a midget at York in the late 70's or early 80's

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Post by supertc88 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:57 pm

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Post by RT88 » Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:07 pm

Man am I glad you had that 1953 Carlisle photo. I heard stories of a race at the fairgrounds with the Gold Mine drivers. Now I have the date. It is time to find the results. Thanks - Steve

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Post by WOODCHUCK » Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:48 pm

I think it was 1980 or 1981. Steve Smith won the late models in the 43a. They also ran modified stocks which Larry Shive won.

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Post by hotrodney » Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:37 am

Didn't Bloomsburg fairgrounds used to have midget races during fair week? I'm not sure if they ever had sprints. They still have figure 8 races and the world's largest demolition derby.
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