Cultural Objects, Photos and Documents

Floyd Speedway Poster

People
Associated Person: Durward Rakes
Associated Person: P.L. Shelor
Date
1956
Places
Floyd (Courthouse District)
Material/Medium

Paper

Specifications

Dimensions: 14 inches x 14 inches

Description

Screen-printed poster promoting the Sunday afternoon races at the Floyd Speedway.  This  quarter-mile dirt track was built in 1954 by Durward Rakes and P.L. Shelor.  Curtis Turner and Glen Wood were among the future NASCAR stars who raced here.  Located near the current Floyd Regional Commerce Center, this rough track became a weekly destination for racing fans into the 1960s.

Keywords
Floyd Speedway, dirt track racing, NASCAR, stock car racing, Grand National racing
Notes

Other local drivers who competed in the Sunday races included:  Amos Nolen, James Nolen, Turner DeHart, Sonny Sweeney,  J.A. Shortt, Johnnie Rorrer, Joe Hill, Robert Peters, Pete Sowers, Gilbert Linkous, Melvin Smith, Buck Baker, and Lee Petty.

The track was situated to take advantage of a natural amphitheater.  Wooden bleachers could seat roughly 2,000 fans but as many as 20,000 spectators watched key Grand National races from the slopes around the track.